Pastor’s Pen – January 2017

Here we are at the start of another year. 2017! Who ever thought we would make it that far. I remember a school Head Master talking about the turn of the century. It was so far into the future we could hardly even imagine it. Now it is so far in the past we can hardly remember it. There are now people driving on the road who weren’t even born then.

So, what do we hope for in 2017. Whether the past year has been a good one or something not so good, we all hope the next year will be something better. What then will make the next year a better one? I came across a recipe for a Happy New Year written by that famous author called Anonymous. It went like this:

“Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancour and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past – have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavour of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing – don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaped cupful of good humour.”

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