By the time you read this Christmas will be over and the New Year with all its hopes and possibilities will have started. When I was a boy I associated the period between Christmas and New Year with writing “Thank You” letters to several kind elderly aunties who always sent me Christmas presents. I remember it being a bit of a chore as a child and when I became a parent I found out that the next generation of children were no different!!
As Christians we are encouraged to always give thanks – and that is right. Unlike the ‘dreaded thank you letters’ of childhood scripture encourages us to be joyful in our gratitude. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to make it our New Year resolution to always to remember to give thanks to God daily for the good things in our lives. Often you find that a grateful heart produces the strength to bear the not so good things in life better than a resentful one.
Let us at the start of 2019 take the words of St Paul in his letter to the Colossians as our template of thanksgiving for the year ahead and pray that it will be a fulfilling one in our own lives and in the life of the church going forward.
“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
Marion joins me in wishing you all a happy and peaceful New Year.