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Dear Friends

Did you make any New Year Resolutions? How many are you still keeping?

I know, I used to make resolutions but after a few weeks I had always broken them – so I stopped making them and now I strive to be the best person I can be!

However, I recently came across this New Years’ Prayer and I thought it was something we could follow through 2018:

A New Year’s Prayer
May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrow and pain,
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel any path;
Not by taking hardships from you,
But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright,
even in the shadows;
not by making your life always pleasant,
but by showing you
when people and their causes need you most,
and by making you anxious to be there to help.
God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you
for the year ahead.

No one knows what the year will bring but we can be assured that through it all God will be there at our side. He is our rock and our strength, a constant guide and helper.

God knows what we face and he has been there before us – He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ – to come to this earth as a baby, to grow up among His people and then to die on the Cross, as a ransom for our sins so that we may have life in all it’s fullness.

I would encourage you to read this prayer regularly and know that you are not alone – God is with you whether or not you think He is.

He is the one who helps you to get through each day, week or month!
He knows it isn’t easy but hold on to the fact that God is with you and He gives each one of us the strength to go on.

He doesn’t promise to make the path easy but to make us sturdy to travel on any path.

Also, you do not need to travel this path alone because everyone is made welcome at our local churches. We look forward to seeing you as we journey together.

Love in Christ
Ann Swales