New Year/New Start ?

Happy New Year to everyone.

Hope you are all well and looking forward to 2015. What will it bring ? Already for the Redshaws it’s brought a mixture of relief, from potentially worrying news, and disappointment over a longed for project which may not now happen and the need to pray again for Gids direction.

It’s brought a wonderful new colleague in my new Circuit Administrator and if she’s half as good as my two previous ones she’ll be great (no pressure, Caroline!); however, later this year we’ll say goodbye to another colleague in Gordon and hello to a new one in Sue.

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It all reminds me that as we step out into this New Year we set ourselves on a track but to where ? In November Alison and I went to London by train; Burton only has two lines, North and South but our first change was at Tamworth with four lines as East and West are included; upon our arrival at Kings Cross we could see an array of lines including some destined for overseas and others underground. I’ve always found train lines fascinating as I can often imagine the stopping off points and ultimately the destination that the line will lead to.

However, what if we’re on the wrong line ? As a child visiting family in London we had to get the train from Central London to Croydon, but after it moved off my cousin realised we were actually on a train to Brighton. She didn’t panic but realised if we got off at such and such a station we could get back to where we needed to be. As she was familiar with the destination she could work out how to get there even after a mistake.

Our journey this year needs to include Jesus, because left to our own devices we will make wrong decisions, we’ll let anxiety overtake us, we might even decide to turn back. We look at the track stretched out before us and wonder about the destination- is it worth it ? Will it take too long ? What will the cost be ? And many other questions.

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This is why we need Jesus. He knows the destination because He is divine, but He also knows (because He is human) that the route will take us through temptation, despair, worry, joy, hope and each one can be a distraction to us if we let it. I love the above picture for it reminds me so much that Jesus died on the cross between two people who had lost their way (one of whom re-found the way on his own cross) and Jesus died for all of us to help us find our way to the destination of Heaven.

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no-one can come to the Father except by me” said Jesus

I step out into 2015, with all its hopes and disappointments trusting entirely in my Lord and Saviour, Jesus.

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