Minister’s January Pastorate Letter

Dear friends

This time last year, we had a whole new year spread out before us – a year of 2020 vision!
And I may well have begun by asking if you have made any new year resolutions – those things
we resolve to do or not do, for the well-being of ourselves or others.
Well perhaps our experience of the past year has made us a little wiser. Last year, we learned by
experience how difficult it is to make plans and successfully complete them. And actually, in the
grand scheme of things, resolutions aren’t that important.
We also learned that if we gained 2020 vision, we learned that life was uncertain, but it revealed
what was really important – that life is more than appearance or the externals rather it’s about
things money can’t buy – the love that we exist in, found in family and friends and at its source,
We have learned to walk not the old paths, but in new ways, and we have learned to look up and
walk by faith, trusting in the love of God – the one who calls us beloved.
And we have learned to choose joy, choose gratitude, choose love.
As we start a new year 2021, may God bless each one of us with the gift of his presence as he
continues to lead us on.
And if we need a resolution, perhaps these famous words by Minnie Haskins (from a poem called
‘God Knows’), will remind us to walk into the new year holding Gods hand.

I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year,
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied, “Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.”

May that Almighty hand guide and uphold us all.
Your friend and minister

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