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Every Ending Has A New Beginning- Messingham News January 2021

 

January is often a time to reflect on the past year, and look forward with expectation to the next. We definitely have a lot to reflect on from the past year! A year of change and challenge in all of our lives. It might now be a time to think about closure on things that have caused us difficulty, and a time to think about new starts. Beginnings and endings play a huge part in our thoughts at this time of year.

Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. In Revelation 1: 8, 17-18, Jesus says, I am the Alpha and the Omega…. Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living one’ When Jesus says he was the first and the last, the beginning and the end, he was saying that he is never far away from us. Present at the very beginning of time and present at the end of all things. He is if you like, the A to Z that encompasses everything. This is important and comforting for us to hear. From this assurance Christians know Jesus is before, behind, and all around us. This enables us to know we can move forward by putting our trust in him, and do not need to be afraid. We can trust and depend on his consistency in our lives.

Through the Christmas story, the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, we are all offered new beginnings. One of my favourite readings from John’s Gospel often read on Christmas Eve (John 1: 1-5) proclaims, ‘In the beginning was the word, the word was with God, and the word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it’

As we begin this new year, I pray that it will bring a much wanted new start, filled with light, hope and excitement of the love of God into your life which shines out bright into the darkness of our world. We all have the opportunity of a new beginning through the light and love we are offered in the amazing gift of God’s son, Jesus. So, let’s begin!

Revd Liz Johnson

 

 

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