Well friends, Christmas is over: the General Election is over; Heaven hasn’t fallen on us all … yet. They say ‘it isn’t over ‘til the fat lady sings’. Guess she’s still singing! A New Year dawns and we have to remember to write 2020 on important stuff! Do you remember writing cheques in January, biro hovering over the date part and trying to engage brain? Never mind the year, what day is it! That’s why I have a watch that tells me the day and month as well as the time; the year I can manage on my own, though in January with difficulty …

I was just watched a play on BBC1 called Elizabeth is Missing with the excellent Glenda Jackson. Maybe you saw it? It was about an elderly lady with Alzheimer’s; scary and very moving for the person and the family. How the past and present blur into a crazy mixture of unreality, with lucid moments but the bigger picture is a mystery to those involved.

2020. New challenges, new joys, unknown sorrows. ‘Unknown’ is the key and a blessing. We don’t want to know what lies ahead; we just live in hope. ‘Hope’ springs eternal. That’s why I am thankful that I am a battered old Christian because I have hope, in this life and the next. For some, this life may be full of joy and hope – fine. For most of us it is a mixture of ups and downs; for some only downs. We might win a lottery. What joy that would bring! How our life would change. Problem – you have to buy a ticket to have a chance of winning. I think I have only bought one, the Christmas before last. No luck! Story of my life!

Faith isn’t about luck. Uncertainty is divisive. It affects money markets and lives. We crave certainty. Let’s hope and pray that 2020 brings more stability into our uncertain lives, for everyone.

If you would like a confidential talk or need help, then please do get in touch. You might even be looking for a church, (maybe a step too far?!!), but I am here at The Anglican Church, Calasparra with services every Sunday at 11am. We also have a page on Facebook.

You can contact me atahrea2@yahoo.co.uk

Tel 634 386 179

Happy New Year!

‘Bye for now and God bless you.

Rev Andrew