I am not sure if New Year resolutions are a thing of the past or still being made today, but I have often found them very difficult to keep or even to remember what I resolved to do or not to do.
Resolutions like promises and faith are not something that we can make in the fervour of a moment and then forget about them or give up if the going gets difficult.
We need to be committed to fulfilling the promises we have made.
With the Christmas season just about over, it is good for us to remember the life promises that were made 2000 plus years ago in Nazareth and Bethlehem.
Mary promised God to be the loving mother of His Son Jesus, Joseph promised to love and protect Mary and Jesus, the shepherds promised to give glory to God and to tell everyone the Good News and the Magi promised to follow the star for several months of a long journey to worship Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
The greatest promise was from God, that in giving us His Son Jesus, He was offering us the most wonderful gift of salvation from our sins and the opportunity to share in eternal life with Him in heaven.
What a gift ... better than any Chrissy presents!
Our life gift is to accept this beautiful God gift, by making a promise to love God, to love and respect ourself and to love and respect other people as we would hope to be loved.
This love is the basis of peace, hope and joy in the fulfilment of God’s gift to the world.
God’s Blessings and peace for a wonderful New Year.
~ Contributed by Rev Wayne Sheean of St Paul’s Anglican Church, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.