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MINISTER’S LETTER

January 2019

New year, new start, same old story. That’s either a good or not so good phrase !

Some will read it negatively, others will read it positively. I say it as both because the way we interpret it tells us something about who we are and how we see the world.

Let me tell you some of the ways I reflect on the phrase

New year - the date of January 1st is a significant date because it starts my new diary off and I have to keep remembering to write 2019 and not 2018! But that’s all it is, a new date, my diary has 365 other new dates in it and I treat them all the same.

New start - experience has taught me that whatever happened in the old year doesn’t magically stop entering the new one, in accountancy terms, we carry over whatever happened previously. In my language that means that wherever possible I should take the daily steps necessary to reduce the negative carry over and increase the positive carry over.

Same old story – I am so mystified that in spite of who I am, God still loves me, I can’t answer why, but the assurance I have means everything to me. As the year progresses and I mess up, God reminds me it’s the same old story. It’s as if God is saying, ‘Richard, you’re responsible for who you are, change yourself – but this time, why not allow my presence to be part of the change?’

I thank God that his side of things hasn’t changed, he still loves me, he still wants the best for me and he hasn’t given up on me.

Footprints across the years

One night I dreamed a dream. As I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. "Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You'd walk with me all the way.

But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints.

I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you."

New year, new start, same old story – thank God.

Grace and peace, Rev. Richard