Happy New Year!
I hope it is not too late to say that and my theory is always that if I have not seen or spoken to people in the new year - the greeting is still very apt!
As a new year looms, I, as many others I am sure, start to think about Resolutions, new hobbies to start or even stop maybe, things to do to make me healthier and fitter etc, etc. Something I came across again recently was the radio station Premier Radio - a religious station that has been around for a long time and one that I have listened to previously but far from recently. I was so inspired by listening. Everything to make you feel good is there: music, prayers, interviews with people connected to many different churches, news etc - the list goes on and on. What it gave me was a wonderful sense of belonging and a sound feel-good factor. God is always with us.
I have yet to find the station on the list in the car, sadly, but I listen at home where I live in a stunning part of the country surrounded by farm land and animals and with peace and tranquillity being high on the list of things to admire. Planes taking off from Gatwick Airport are daily sights, which totally contradicts what I have just said about being peaceful!! But I love that sight and sound - people travelling on holidays to far-away places, possibly. How wonderful is that, especially after the last 2 years when travel has been very difficult. I am very lucky, and I thank God daily.
It is very inspiring to hear new hymns on Premier Radio and to be comforted by the familiar ones too.
Doing new things can sometimes be brave and scary too but it also represents doing something extraordinary and is all part of the learning pattern that we undertake in our lives.
What does the Bible say about new things?
This new beginning closes the door to our past and opens the door to eternity. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT) Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.
As we enter 2022 with the unknown still very much out there with regards to COVID, we must be strong and hold on to our belief in the Lord. We must be eternally grateful for having God in our lives. He is a staunch comfort and an immense support, today and always.
Taken from the February Edition of the Record