New Year is often associated with new beginnings. Or, at least, in people’s minds there is the possibility of starting afresh, even if, in reality, little changes, and what does change doesn’t seem to last for long.
We look back at what has been, perhaps with nostalgia, or perhaps with relief that some particular event is over. The current queen of the United Kingdom referred to one particularly difficult year as an “Annus Horribilis” (“horrible year” in Latin). We probably all have such episodes in our lives.
But at New Year we can also take time to look forward to the year that lies ahead. What hopes and fears lie ahead for you in the coming days and months? How often, when we are in the midst of events do we remember the One who came to share our lives with us in such a way that it should make a difference to our every passing breath? The angel said Jesus would be known as “Immanuel”, which means “God with us”.
This year, at St George's, amongst other things, we are looking forward to a visit from our two bishops (Bishop Mouneer and bishop-elect Samy), probably in March. This means that there will be an opportunity for Confirmation.
If you would like to be confirmed or baptised please let Rev Peter know.
A happy and blessed year to you all.