Sunday, December 30, 2012


Beginnings & Endings - By Coun the Rev Alec Depledge

Life consists of beginnings and endings. New Year gives opportunity to reflect on our past, and through resolution-making may lead to lifestyle adjustment, and determine our future.
Ultimate beginnings and endings are arrivals on and departures from this ‘mortal coil’, but in between we face untold starts and finishes – a new school, a different job, a fresh relationship, an untimely bereavement, a bitter divorce, a shock redundancy – life-events adding to or diminishing from our well-being.
Change is part of being human. We never stand still from one year to the next. Yet change can be un-expected, dreadfully painful, even downright unwelcome. Familiar things disappear, new challenges arise. We can agonise over choices – bewildered and uncertain. Seasons of transition may force themselves on us, through no action, decision, or indeed fault of our own, stretching our resources to breaking point.
The ancient prophet, Jeremiah, offers powerful words for such moments: “Blessed is
the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree
planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when
heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and
never fails to bear fruit.”
This arboreal image encourages us, in the most adverse circumstances, to trust in One who holds the future, who indeed IS the future, who is the First & the Last – and, implicitly, everything in between. Doing so will ensure the best in 2013
Happy New Year, everyone.

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