Reverend Tina Burgess.........................07909107404
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Happy New Year Everyone!
I must confess, for many years I didn’t like New Year’s Eve wishes. For me, the partying and the fireworks masked a hollowness and a hopelessness in the guise of mere wishful thinking. I couldn’t pretend to be revelling in the future promise of the turn of a new year when for many in the world, the change from December 31st to January 1st brought no let up in the reality of their circumstances, whether it be war or hunger or poverty or cruelty.
Now before I hear shouts of Bah! Humbug! from the wings, I want to set the record straight. I still shy away from what I think can be a misplaced or a forced jollity in something that has all the glitz and promise of a new start but cannot ultimately deliver change and meaning and transformation. However, over time I have learned that it is a matter of perspective.
Whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, good or bad, it pales into insignificance in the blazing light of God’s glory and truth…Psalm 24 exhorts us, “Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be lifted up ye everlasting doors, and the king of glory shall come in!”
Jesus is our Saviour – He is the Saviour of the whole world and He loves us and is present with us and mercifully, the Bible tells us that, “A bruised reed he shall not break and a dimly burning wick he shall not snuff out”. Jesus is the ‘author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God’. (Hebrews 12:2)
Nothing has the power to change us except God’s love and no one has the power to save us except Jesus and so with our eyes fixed firmly on Him, and our hope anchored in who Jesus is and what He has already accomplished for us on the cross, let us begin this new year, looking beyond an unsteady future of changing circumstances, but with our eyes fixed on the things above and our hearts full of hope in the one who can do all things.
Perhaps you would like to reflect on and make this prayer your own this year…
Every blessing and a (genuine) Happy New Year!
I am a child of God, made in your image and likeness, I am included in the heart of your love. You know me completely, my faults and my weaknesses, my gifts and my strengths. You call me to live in the fullness of your love, abundantly, generously, kindly. You call me to empty myself, to serve as Jesus served, willingly, humbly, selflessly. You call me to bear witness to your presence, boldly, courageously, gently. You are the potter, I am the clay. Shape me, reshape me, give me purpose and meaning, energy and vision; open me up as a channel of your grace. May your covenant be written on my heart. May my life reflect your promises. What is true in heaven, may it be seen in me, within the dance of the Trinity of love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen