Thought for the week – 02.01.20

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We are travelling on very soon into another year, a new year, which brings the opportunity to change things to make a new start.

Perhaps motivated by New Year Resolutions, we may wish for a healthier lifestyle, we may want to repair relationships and be more grateful for friends, for family and our communities.

The start of a new year is always a nostalgic time as we take our memories into the coming months. We can choose to hang on to the baggage of old resentments and reluctance to forgive, or we can do what the Bible recommends, from Paul’s advice to the church in Philippi, which is to remember only “…what is true, honourable, just, pure, pleasing and commendable…”. He also writes to confirm that forgiveness from God towards each other can be complete in God’s love for us, which is renewed each day. Then God’s peace can be known in our hearts, displayed in the way we live, bringing new hope into our lives with God being the keeper of our memories.

God can incorporate a sense of wonder and newness into the way we live, into our perspectives, our attitudes, motives and our relationships. He can help us to face the future unafraid, knowing that whatever we have done, or left undone, it is never too late to make a fresh start.

Have a Happy New Year and Good New Beginnings.

Reverend Carol Leech