Happy New Year!
I was just wished a happy new year by someone in the church centre this morning, and after a brief debate as to when it is that we should stop further greetings until 2023, reckon as this my first letter out to everyone in the new year, I can just about get away with it!
Of course for many, new year, and the resulting resolutions can soon be a dim and distant memory. I was back at the gym yesterday after too long a gap, and together with other longstanding members, was amused to see a number of fresh faces, togged out in new lycra and training shoes who had recently become members. Amused, as we know in a couple of months time, we shall see these new faces no more! Resolution time is traditionally a boom period for health clubs and gyms who recruit the bulk of their new members in January and who slowly slip away when new year resolve becomes a dim and distant memory, and other things get in the way.
This is such a shame, as a concern for our bodies should be a regular concern, rather than just a yearly and occasional one. I’ve been pondering on the final few verses of Luke chapter 2 recently, looking at the brief insight we have into the childhood of Jesus and his development, starting with his time in the temple, and finishing with the curious and intriguing verse;
"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” v52.
Actually, my pondering and being challenged has been to the extent that I’ve proposed that as a congregation we spend the rest of the month looking in depth at these aspects of life. This coming Sunday we’ll look at Jesus in the Temple and why being in “the Father’s house” was and is important for us all. In the following two Sundays we’ll then look at what it might mean, both for us as individuals, and as a church, to grow in "wisdom and stature” , and “in favour with God and with man”.
So I pray, that together and apart, God will indeed bless our minds and bodies (gym or otherwise!), and our relationship with Him and others this coming year!
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Keep the faith.