Happy New Year! Here we are, not only at the start of another year but also the start of a new decade with all the promises and hope that new starts bring. New starts are always full of smiles and resolutions, we know that we can be better, that our neighbourhood can be better, that our world can be better – it’s why we also celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, and why we have special assemblies at the start of a term. And the truth is, we need to be better; now, more than ever before – as we read the news about huge fires, or greenery in the Himalayas in places that used to be icebound, as we walk down our streets and see more homeless, or become aware of lonely neighbours, we know that there is so much that we can do. But also, in the days after the 1st of January, as our lives go back to normal, we can feel overwhelmed both at the promises we made and the seemingly endless news headlines reminding us, daily, of all that is wrong in our world. It’s never good to dwell on the bad things, it can make our aims seem hopeless which is where our faith is so important because, with Jesus, we have a new start every day. Maybe yesterday we didn’t manage to help our neighbour, or we had to put our shopping in a plastic bag, or drive when we could have walked but, in faith we know that we can work together and our love for one another, propped up by God’s unfailing hands will make a difference every day, not just on January 1st.   

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.