January 2018                   From the Rectory

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year to you all. Let's hope that 2018 brings joy and fulfilment to us all. Due to Christmas holidays I have had to write this message twelve days in advance. Therefore, I have no idea what the world might be facing by the time you read this newsletter. The following words seem apt:

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
"Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown."
And he replied:
"Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way."
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

Having said that, there are some things we can be certain of in 2018: If we don't put it in the diary, it won't happen. And if we don't stay focussed, we'll lose sight of it. But if we choose to give it time, show commitment and stay focussed then really good things will happen. All we have to do now if decide

what it is we want to see happen in 2018. But dare we dream dreams? To do so we need more than a diary and determination. We need faith and hope…in ourselves.

Did you expect me to say that we need faith and hope in God, rather than in ourselves? Well, my experience tells me that the two are linked. God is the great confidence booster. Belief in God leads to belief in ourselves. So, I hope you have a great new year and, armed with a diary, determination and the divine, let us see some of our dreams come true.

                                   John Ganjavi