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The Rockin' Rev January 2022


Happy New Year Everyone!

Last year I shared with you my discovery that the Cambridge Dictionary named “quarantine” as its “Word of the Year” for 2020
Since then, it’s been another eventful and disruptive year for everyone around the world. Added to the ongoing challenges of living with and adapting to the impact of COVID-19 there is now a more widespread public awakening to the stark realities of climate change
As the number of extreme weather incidents seemed to increase during 2021, from major forest fires and floods to tornadoes and landslides, it has become harder to argue against the reality of climate change. The realization of its negative impacts is likely to move this issue to the forefront of our attitudes and behaviours
For the year 2021, Cambridge Dictionary announced that "perseverance" was its Word of the Year for 2021. The choice was influenced by a spike of searches as Nasa’s Perseverance Rover made its final descent to Mars in February 2021
The Cambridge Dictionary team described “perseverance” as “a word which perfectly captures the undaunted will of people across the world to never give up, despite the many challenges of 2021 - and, of course, global interest in the Nasa mission to Mars”
The word “perseverance” is defined by Cambridge Dictionary as “continued effort to do or achieve something, even when this is difficult or takes a long time” and has been looked up globally more than 243,000 times during 2021
Requests for the word's meaning reached its peak on February 18th, 2021, when the Perseverance Rover descended onto Mars, where searches for the word totalled 30,487 on that day alone
Despite the astronomical motif behind its selection, 'perseverance' has been used to describe much of the public's lives over the COVID-19 pandemic. Cambridge Dictionary Publishing Manager, Wendalyn Nichols, said: "Just as it takes perseverance to land a rover on Mars, it takes perseverance to face the challenges and disruption to our lives from Covid-19, climate disasters, political instability and conflict
In the Christian tradition the word “perseverance” captures the persistent will to never give in when difficulties arise and to live the life of faith in a determined and sometimes unreasonable way
For the year 2022 I’ve chosen to make the following text from the Bible my “word from God” for the coming year:

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God

Rev Brian Hall

Vicar, St Andrew’s Church


published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


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