Saturday, 21 July 2018

WHEN you make your New Year’s resolution what do you try to do — decide on things that you believe will make you a better person or something which will improve your own life?

Either way, we all make them — and we all break them, sometimes within a few days (or hours!), sometimes after a much longer period.

For Christians, the birth of Jesus which we have just celebrated shines a slightly different light on those New Year’s resolutions.

We believe that it’s not only at New Year that we have the chance to make ourselves, and the lives of others whom our lives affect, better.

The Child of Bethlehem is also, of course, the Man of Calvary — the shadow of the cross comes fleetingly even over the manger at Bethlehem.

And so, although at this time of year we have celebrated his birth, we cannot separate that birth from his death and resurrection — and the chance for each and every one of us to share in the light and glory of his life in God.

May your resolutions this New Year have a deep effect, not only on your life but on the lives of those around you upon all of whom the light of the Child of Bethlehem and the Man of Calvary shines. God bless!

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