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January 2013 - The Hope of the New

2012 - What a terrific year for vast numbers of people! What with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Games and a whole host of other special celebrations nearer home it must have seemed to millions a year like no other. A year to be remembered with pride and joy almost worldwide. Having said that, it should also be said that 2012 was a terrible year for many people, as they experienced disasters, both natural and manmade, both shared and personal in many places.

But what of 2013, this New Year? After all the ‘razzmatazz’ of the year past, will not 2013 seem an anticlimax, something of a ‘climb-down’?

I suggest that this need not be so, because part of the purpose of celebrating special things is to inspire and encourage us to move on when they are over to do new things. We should never just ‘sit back on our laurels’, but always try to see each New Year, each new week and every new day as a chance to learn something new and do something new.
Such an attitude can keep us alive and fresh, like a young child who is excited by each new thing she or he encounters. Perhaps that’s what Jesus meant when he said if you want to be great, you must become like a little child. Young children are fresh and open to new things, not cynical or world-weary. It is a sign of our maturity as people if we can learn to see something new each day and reach out from where we are to do something new. There is a children’s hymn which says:

‘You are older than the world can be; you are younger than the life in me.
Ever old and ever new, keep me travelling along with you.’

May God bless you in 2013 with the eternal newness of his love.


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