2016 is behind us, 2017 lies ahead. As ECPYouth, we are grateful for counting so many blessings. We are grateful that together with members and friends we had the freedom to try represent Christian youth in European politics. We are grateful for the growth of our movement. We are grateful for all the moments in which we could share ideas and laughs with old and new friends during regional conferences, the summer school and other activities. Tomorrow we celebrate the birth of our lord Jesus Christ and we will do so remembering all these blessings.
But there was also doubt and grief. Doubt about an increase of anti-EU sentiments and the Brexit. Doubt about the overall growth of polarization in European countries. Doubt about the terrorist attacks we’ve seen, close to home and also further away. And besides that, there is the grief for the loss of one of our close friends.
Last week I visited Berlin with 30 students of the high school where I teach history. We arrived on Monday and that same evening 12 people got killed only a few kilometers away from us. Even though other schools decided to cancel their trips, we as a group decided to stay, supported by parents and colleagues, and to not be ruled by doubt or even fear. I wish you the same in the coming year. Let us count our blessings day by day and not let doubt or fear guide us. Instead let’s trust in the message of Christmas! A piece of advice from another Guide, a better one:
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
A big thank you to everyone involved in ECPYouth last year. I trust in 2017 together we will reach new heights and represent Christian youth in EU-politics as never before!
The ECPYouth Board wishes you a blessed Christmas and wonderful 2017!