- January - From
From our Priest
I hope you’ve all had a good Christmas, but if it has been a difficult
one in whatever way, then my thoughts are with you.
Now we begin a new year and the millennium recedes further into the
past. I remember at the time of the millennium, many entered into it
with a sense of what the next century might be like. For all the bad
predictions or fears, there were many who felt a sense of hope for the
century that lay ahead. I think in Britain at least, it was the year
that started off fireworks to see in the New Year and in those loud
cracks and bursting of colours I seem to remember feeling a sense of
hope in all the uncertainty.
Hope is something many of us feel when we enter a new year, never mind
a new century. Even if things seem a bit against us and we feel like
we’re walking up hill, to have a bit of hope spurs us on. When
we lose that sense of hope; hope for ourselves; hope for our loved ones;
hope for others and hope for the world, then we fall into a kind of
bland negativity. This is easily done, depending on how life is feeling
with the optimism of a new year, let’s pray to the God of hope
to give us hope, a true hope that we can only find through Him.
God is always with us, whether we feel we are in a good place or a bad
place. Let’s pray in the year that lies ahead, that we have a
better sense of God being by our side, that we can share our joys and
our sorrows with him and know within our hearts that God listens to
us. The listening God, who with his ear to the world, knew the time
was right to send his Son into the world, to give us hope in God made
The Christ as child; the Christ as man walking this earth;
the Christ on the Cross and the Christ of the resurrection
is the Christ of life and in Him is all our hope.
I leave you with a verse of a great hymn, which we can take with us
into this new year.
In Christ alone my hope is found,
he is my light, my strength, my song.
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease.
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
A Happy New Year to all of you.
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