Minister's Minute: Not for the faint of heart

The beginning of a new year with all the hope and possibility that lies before us is always an adventure.

It is a time to look back over the past year recognizing the highs and lows of our choices and decisions,

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look ahead with anticipation of new opportunities, and look inward to check or perhaps rekindle that spirit that motivates us. May you be well in these endeavours.

One thing that catches my attention anew each year is the affirmation through the richness and depth of our faith story in scripture. To read and hear the witness of the unfolding experience of God’s light breaking into the lives of women, men and children never gets old.

To allow ourselves to be drawn into the very human reactions and responses of real people to the presence of holy agents (angels) and the incarnation (God enfleshed) in Jesus is not a journey for the faint of heart. The transformative activity inherent in the gospel message is truly life giving to those who believe and seek to live out of that centre.

There is always a new insight or deeper grasp of awareness as we reflect on the scripture passages that we may have heard before. It also helps to read the reflections of other thoughtful people of faith so that our insights can be expanded, enhanced or even challenged.

May this year be productive and fruitful in your spiritual discernment.

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