Are we sitting back now and thinking “Thank goodness, that’s it all over for another year”? Yes we may be feeling exhausted but sometimes it’s too easy to condemn the excesses of the Christmas and New Year celebrations, especially as the bills arrive and we count the cost of it all. However, tired as we are it is usually a happy tiredness and there is a danger that we might overlook very positive aspects of the festivities.
Many of us can look back on periods of forced inactivity brought about perhaps by bereavement, illness or unemployment and realise lack of activity can be a curse as empty hours drag. Thinking to Christmases past even with the family visits and overexcited children we will have happy memories and for some of our members where currently, there is only heart ache, the happy memories of previous years must try to provide consolation for the present. For these members our church family can sometimes be the only bright feature at a very lonely time.
Although our church has been closed for public services, members’ needs are still there and quite a few have spent a miserable holiday period due to the rather nasty infections and upsets of one kind or another that are still going the rounds so they want to pass on their thanks for the kind wishes that came their way, a card, phone call or visit can mean so much. The Church re-opens Sunday, 6th January and it is thanks to the efforts of a few dedicated people the building will, as usual, be clean, warm and welcoming so let us acknowledge the positivity of those few who work behind the scenes to help the many in many different ways! They really do put into action this little reminder for spiritual happiness and joy-“Jesus first, Yourself last and Others in between”.
Counting our many blessings let us look forward to opening the church doors once more to provide the joy, happiness, friendship and welcome that helps us all to look forward to a very positive 2013.