Thought for the week
With Christmas over for another year, I hope that many of you spent some special times with friends and family and, like us, reminisced about the past year and indeed years of old, triggering some lovely memories.
Thanks to Christmas, we all end the year with new things: new toys for the kids, new clothes, new pounds on our bodies.
We start off the year with new things too: a new calendar on the wall, new bills to pay and new resolutions for the days ahead.
This year you may welcome new family members through marriage or celebrating new babies in the family.
There may be new schools to start, new universities to go to, new jobs or even a new home.
Everybody likes new things, including God. He says:“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!”God begins his book with the story of his creating a new world. He ends it with his plans to make a new heaven and new earth.
I wonder how you will celebrate this New Year.
Can you let go of anything old that has gone stale, the hurt caused by us or others or the thing that really niggles at you, although it happened such a long time ago?
If we can let go of these old things we can be free to live each day expecting new, fresh things.
Hoping this year is full of moments of joy and hope. Alison Kennedy. Youth and community worker, Flemington Hallside Church