Sunday, 17 December 2017

Thought for the week

IT is, of course, more than three weeks since many of us might have sung Auld Lang Syne

IT is, of course, more than three weeks since many of us might have sung Auld Lang Syne as we saw out the old year and welcomed in the new.

But, given the fact that this coming Sunday is also Burns Night, and Auld Lang Syne is one of Robert Burns’ best known poems, it seemed somewhat appropriate to reflect upon it.

It’s a poem that speaks of the importance of not forgetting what has gone before as well as friendships we have known — something that is always relevant.

Here in the south of England we might not celebrate Burns Night as our Scottish neighbours do, but I wonder, as we find ourselves approaching the end of January, whether we have already fallen foul of what the poem is warning us against.

With the festive season now behind us, there can be a tendency not just to forget about those New Year resolutions but also to forget about the significance of our Christmas celebrations as well as the one to whom they point.



Those resolutions might not have made it beyond a few days but I sometimes wonder if thoughts of God becoming a human being, which is what Christmas is all about, have gone from our minds long before the New Year even arrives. We so quickly forget all that happened some 2,000 years ago as well as the fact that Jesus is the greatest friend we as human beings can ever know — the friend of sinners.

That’s one of the reasons why Christians regularly participate in what is often called Holy Communion. It is a simple meal in which we share bread and wine together, as Jesus did with his first followers.

But whilst simple, it is also a most profound aide-mémoire for it reminds us both of the fact that God took on human flesh and blood and also that he willingly gave himself for us. Why? Because God so loved the world…. God so loved you and me.

The Bible is a book full of calls for God’s people to remember all that God has done.

As January moves into February, maybe we need to remind ourselves of these things and make a fresh resolution that we will not forget the Lord Jesus Christ.

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