Like most of us, I imagine, I tend to keep special cards, postcards, pictures, poems and prayers that I’ve been given. Some of them stay for a while, propped up on a window-ledge or pinned above my desk. Some of them become permanent fixtures – at least until I have a crisis of space!
Among those that have been around my desk for a while include the following:
- a piece of wood from Norway with the proverb: “There are no problems; only possibilities”.
- a prayer by St Francis de Sales, starting with the lines: “Do not look forward to what might happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day”.
- and a great birthday card given to me some time ago by some old friends, which says: “It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full, it clearly needs topping up!”
All of those in their different ways encourage the idea of looking forwards positively. That’s a good way of approaching this new year, with a positive attitude, the expectation of pleasure, and the trust that, when things are not going so well, God will be there with you all the way.
Who knows what this year will bring for each of us and for our church? But let’s try and bring each other hope, comfort, fun and good cheer, as we make our way!