A New Year – a doorway to new opportunities

We live in interesting times! Very soon we will leave the European Union and begin to reframe our identity and our interactions with the wider world. Yes, there is bound to be a bumpy patch while markets fluctuate before finding their new levels and, yes, you can guarantee that the doomsayers will jump on this and predict the end of civilisation as we know it. But, it is also an amazing opportunity! Please pray that the members of our government will have the humility to ask for God’s ‘wisdom and guidance’ as they begin to shape the future of the UK.

At the same time, perhaps we could pray the same prayer for ourselves as well. The past is the past, if we are to grow as God’s people we can’t live off yesterday’s daily bread. God is an active, living presence who is constantly interacting with us. The trick for us is to notice these little interactions and then to respond. Perhaps the best prayer we could pray as we begin a new year is to ask God to help us to ‘fine tune’ our ability to notice his interactions with us. Not only will that help us to grow closer to him it will also mean that our faith and worship will move to a newer, deeper level. They will be a response to his interactions and not something that we have to generate for ourselves.
So, as this new year begins, my prayer for you echoes the prayer of St Paul for the Ephesians.
“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you…

Cliff.