A very happy & blessed new year to each of you & your families & friends. Many of you will be busy over this weekend but we are enclosing some New Year thoughts which can wait till next week when maybe you have more time for reflection.
For those who like to join us for Evening Prayer: it will start again at 5.30 on zoom on Sunday 8th January.
The blessing is Rutter’s ‘Go Forth’: let us pray it for peace in our conflict-ridden world – in this coming year may just solutions be found for some of these conflicts & lasting peace be established.
With our love & prayer for you all
A BLESSING AS YOU JOURNEY
INTO THE NEW YEAR
May your eyes be opened to the wonder of the miracles around you
and your sense of mystery be deepened.
May you be aware of the light that shines in the darkness,
and that the darkness can never be put out.
May you be blessed with companions on the journey,
friends who will listen to you & encourage you with their presence.
May you learn to live with what is unresolved in your heart,
daring to face the questions and holding them
until, one day, they find their answers.
May you find the still, quiet place inside yourself
where you can know and experience the peace that passes understanding.
May love flow in you and through you to those who need your care.
May you continue to dream dreams and to reach out into the future
with a deeper understanding of God’s way for you. Amen.
Step softly into your weeping world,
embrace it in your love.
Bring light into broken lives,
warmth into frozen hearts,
hope to those at war.
May your peace pervade every place.
Help us to approach this new year
filled with the joy of your companionship,
as we step out in faith with you,
ready to face the future,
whatever it may hold.
What does it say about a God . . .
who’s willing to be this vulnerable with us?
who’s willing to come into this world through the statistical risk of childbearing?
who’s willing to be attached by a placenta for nourishment and life to its own creation?
who’s willing to wait and grow in the human womb?
who’s willing to be fearfully and. wonderfully made, just like we are?
Any real connection involves vulnerability because it takes the act of making oneself open to truly be known.
God came to us floating in embryonic fluid. Slowly forming and taking shape. Embedded in the uterine wall of a Middle Eastern teenage woman it trusted to care for its fragile knitting process.
What it says about a God who is willing to be this vulnerable is that God is willing to open itself up to deeply connect with us. The real question is, are we willing to do the same?