Thursday, 24 June 2021

New Year Message from Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths

I THINK a decent definition of a new year’s resolution is “a promise made to oneself which is intended to

I THINK a decent definition of a new year’s resolution is “a promise made to oneself which is intended to improve one’s lifestyle or one’s relationships with others.”

But, of course, all our good intentions made in the excitement of the moment at the start of a new year usually fall to dust by the end of January.

New year’s resolutions are like that — the ones that last are few and far between!

But there is one promise which has lasted and will continue to last for eternity.

That promise is the one made by God to all his people which is “encapsulated” in the child whose birth we have just celebrated at Christmas.



This is no passing half-hearted promise made without much thought or intention.

It is a promise made to Himself and to us that God will always be there for us, no matter how hard and tough life sometimes is.

So may the peace of the Christ-child, the joy of Mary, Joseph and the shepherds and the awe and wonder of the Magi be for all of us, not just this Christmastide and New Year, but throughout 2015 — and may we recognise God’s love and care for us all and in each other now and for eternity.

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