I hope you have had a very happy Christmas. There was certainly plenty going on in the Benefice. I firmly believe that our churches are at the heart of our communities, and judging from the hearty carol singing, Christingles and many other celebrations, many of you feel that way too.
The New Year is a good time to say a big ‘thank you’ to all who work to help our Benefice flourish and to offer a warm welcome to visitors from near or far. The Link is often overlooked when it comes to saying thank you – so let’s give a standing ovation to the many people who make the Link possible each month – editors, contributors, advertisers, proof readers, printers and distributors. Thank you one and all – we appreciate all you do.
So, what does 2018 have in in store for you? Some wag once said that “an optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. That observation neatly reflects the many contrasting moods at this time of year—optimism or pessimism, looking back or looking forward, seeing possibilities or just more of the same, making resolutions or deciding not to bother.
Psalm 98 bids us to “sing to the Lord a new song” – may that be our mantra as we look to 2018. The poem below by an unknown author may just help us do that.
Happy New Year everyone!
I am the New Year …
I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.
I am your opportunity to practice
what you have learned about life
during the last twelve months.
All that you sought
and didn’t find is hidden in me,
waiting for you to search it out
with more determination.
All the good that you tried for
and didn’t achieve is mine to grant
when you have fewer conflicting desires.
All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do,
all that you hoped but did not will,
all the faith that you claimed but did not have –
these slumber lightly,
waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.
I am your opportunity to make all things new.
I am the New Year!
Rev Wendy Izod