Happy New Year ………. a strange greeting to offer to all and sundry when you think about it. Some people are having a terrible time: some are newly bereaved, some are overcome by the events of the past year, some are sick……. so Happy New Year, can be thoughtless at times. But life is all about coping with what comes. I have been thinking a lot about choices rececently. We cannot always be certain that our choices are for the best, but we have to live with them nonetheless.
It is at this time of year that I look back and think of friends and relatives all over the world. I also think of those who have died, and know that they are still very much alive in me. We should never underestimate the way we affect those lives we touch. I am the product of my upbringing and encounters with folk along the way. No-one else has walked my walk. I am grateful to those who have walked beside me. As a Christian, I cannot imagine not knowing that Jesus is with me. I can't explain it, nor do I want to. (Terrible admission for a Minister I suppose) – but I am deeply thankful, and in the hardest times of life it is important to hang on tight even in the reality of there being no words.
I'll content myself with saying – A peaceful New Year…….