Sunday, 30 December 2012
Here we are again.
Poised at the beginning of a New Year;
probably taking stock of the waning year,
for the coming one.
At the end of 2011 I first came across the notion of looking for a word,
(or words), with which to look towards the New Year.
The words which seemed to choose me,
(I understood I wasn't to try and choose the word (s),
but to wait for them to choose me),
were based on the greeting of the angel Gabriel to Mary,
"...you have found favour with God." (Lk.1:30)
This resonated with the eternal truth that
now "is the year of the Lord's favour" (Is 61:2, Lk4:19)
and I gladly accepted it.
This year has certainly been eventful for me,
and there have been, as ever, ups and downs,
but throughout I have been tremendously aware of God's favour.
Of course this may have been because I had been more than usually
on the lookout for favour,
but if so,
that in itself has done me a favour.
The year 2013 seems to resonate with the word
I can't think of a more beautiful word to approach the future can you?
Whatever circumstances we find ourselves in
we can look for those touches of God's glory that are all around us that
I believe Gerard Manley Hopkins called
I don't know if you have a word or two in mind for 2013
but I wish you all the Blessings that God's Grandeur,
His touches of Glory,
may bring you throughout this