From Rev Helen Lynch January 2021
Happy New Year to you all! I hope you have had a pleasant Christmas (in spite of all the restrictions). Perhaps you have found joy in having a simpler time? And now we look forward to the fresh and shiny year of our Lord 2021. I still feel like the twenty-first century is very new, yet here we are in the third decade. I don’t think there are many people who will be sorry to see the back of 2020 - twelve months which will definitely fill a few pages in the history books!
We do have a light at the end of the tunnel, in the form of the vaccines which are going to be rolled out through this year, but it will be a long journey to put Covid behind us. There may well be trying times ahead as we negotiate the fallout of the pandemic, Brexit and all the ordinary challenges of life
We are a people of hope, however, so we must live out that hope as we re-emerge as a community. It has been clear how much we rely on one another for support and fellowship. I hope we will hold on to all we have learnt
It is of course traditional to make resolutions at this time of year, and often these are framed in terms of looking at what we don’t like about ourselves, and picking the darkest and dullest time of the year to sort that out! I think this is a year to be gentle with ourselves, to look at how we can nurture our own wellbeing, as well as reaching out to others. Many have said “we might not all be in the same boat, but we’re all in the same storm”, so as we navigate our way through the choppy seas to the calm beyond, let’s hold on to what is good and to our God, who calms the storm, and loves us through it all
also published in Great Yarmouth Parish Life
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