January 4, 2023

It’s a new year, time for resolutions, no? We all have them. Mainly because we can all see room for improvement. Unfortunately, many of them are unsustainable without major revisions of our core values, habits, and inherent resistance to change. Nevertheless, we’ve got a blank slate in 2023 and we’re keen to make a fresh start.

Our world certainly needs a fresh start. Whether it’s the ongoing health crises (Covid variants, RSV, Flu etc) or the current 100 plus armed conflicts raging in our world with Russia/Ukraine the foremost, we live in troubled times.

Yet we continue to hope for better days. Why? Perhaps it’s because we look back in history and see, as the book of Job puts it, even though “Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward” peace does not fly away. There are always more pockets of peace than turmoil. And love seems undaunted by turmoil. Case in point: the profound outpouring of prayer and support for our Ukrainian brothers and sisters as they endure the greatest barrage of adversity in this century. Hate inevitably has to slink away, embarrassed and defeated by the noble impulses of men and women of faith.

2023 will bring many surprises no doubt, some happy, some sad. But, as Winston Churchill put it, “We will NEVER give up”.

 

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