Thought for the week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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

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