But the angel said to them,
"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people."
Luke 2:10 NIV

In "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole age 13 3/4" by Sue Townsend, Adrian makes New Year's Resolutions. One of those resolutions is to learn a new word every day. He also makes the usual resolutions to be more kind to his dog, study hard for his exams and forgive his arch enemy. With learning words, he starts with Aabec, an Australian bark, but by the 6th January he's diverted from his good intentions. Similarly, with most of his other resolutions, one by one he forgets that he has made them and falls back into his old ways. But he doesn't give up. He continues, every year, to make them and, at the age of 34, he's still making resolutions, the sort many of us may have made in the past about drink, money and about eating five pieces of fruit and veg every day! Once again, by the end of January all had been forgotten. Some people are very good at making resolutions, but I must admit that I rarely make a New Year's Resolution. I have made them in the past, but they have often gone the same way as Adrian Mole's.

We have just celebrated Christmas, that miraculous and wonderful time of the year when we recall the birth of Jesus. The coming into the world of our saviour. He came into the world as the spiritual Light of the World and at this time of the year we should remember that His Word brings illumination to the hearts of men and women so that they may no longer live in darkness. As a Christian this is the time when we should recall all that Jesus means to us and to the world and reflect on what he means in our lives. In this context it is right that we give thought to our future as Christians and the way we should be going in this coming year. With this in mind, it is fitting to make New Year's Resolution. I will try again!

Anne Scarff

January 2020