It's a New Year and a new life is right around the corner for everyone who wants to begin it. All you have to do is put your mind to it and heart in it. To help get started – we all need to look back and reflect on this past year. Remind ourselves what went well and give thanks! Then, tell ourselves what didn't go so well and decide what we want to do about that. They call it a resolution – but it can feel like a revolution - making a promise to yourself that you're going to take action to improve your life.
Common resolutions focus on diet, exercise, getting rid of bad habits, and taking on a program of personal improvement or wellness. But, it can really be about anything you can imagine. This new year gives us the perfect opportunity to make a clean slate of our life – let go of those things we don't want to take with us into the coming year – and envision the new things and the new ways of living that we want to attract into our lives so that we can “start fresh.”
This year, let's all take advantage of what the New Year has to offer. Let it be for us a time of reflection to celebrate what has been and give thanks for those blessings. Let it be an exercise in “being real” with ourselves about what needs mending and healing in our lives and gives thanks for this chance at rebirth and renewal.
And finally, follow a good New Year's tradition and make a toast to the people and the places you love! Make sure you say it out loud and proud – who and what you have been grateful for this past year, what you hope and wish for in the coming year, and ask for the blessing you need from God that will help you know that your life has meaning. Because it does – for everyone – it does! And when you put your heart and mind to it – something really beautiful could happen.
“New Year” isn't just about a new year beginning . . . it's about a new you! So, imagine it and then, go for it!
Happy New Life everyone!
Love, Pastor Susan
If you or someone you know in the church needs pastoral care, please contact Pastor Susan on her cell phone 610.393.6971.
Our worship experience is the spiritual center of our church and a vital part of our Christian life where we are renewed and empowered to go out into the world following the ways of our Savior, Jesus Christ to share the blessings we have received here with others. If you have comments or questions about our worship life together, please speak with our Pastor, Rev. Susan Hanson, our Worship Committee Chair Brenda McFadden, or any Consistory member. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer Request Forms and Thinking of You Cards are available on the shelf near the office door. Please leave requests in the church office, email them to email@example.com, or give them to Pastor Susan before announcement time so they can be included in our prayers on Sundays. Thank you!