February 2020
How is your New Year’s resolution going? Did you manage to think of something and stay committed to following through with your promise?
In all honesty I didn’t contemplate on making a New Year’s resolution but upon reading Canon Ann’s letter last month I did think about my plans and ambition for the coming months.
One of my plans is to ensure I read more. Not just reading for pleasure but reading genres with a purpose to draw me even closer to God and to deepen my relationship with him. My rhythm of life is usually busy and reading about God and having havoc conversations with him is great. However, keeping everything what I have read and how I felt the presence of God to myself is not exactly ideal.
On two occasions, over the last week, I found myself deep in thought; one with what I had heard and the other on what I had read. The thoughts lingered at fore front of my mind with a theme of commitment, promise with an overarching umbrella of love.
The first was the phrase 2020 vision which perhaps resonates with you as having perfect vision. During a talk at January’s parade Reverend Carolyn shared her thoughts how this year, in 2020, we go about our daily lives and look as God would. We were encouraged when looking; we look as God would look, looking with love even throughout challenging situations.
In the later service, words from a poem written by Minnie Louise Haskins 1908 were read:

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
I went forth, and finding the hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
From reading these words did you feel the love, and the commitment of a promise? A promise that God’s love will be there, should you commit yourself.
The second occasion was whilst I was reading a book by an evangelist, Glyn Jones, titled The Peg and the Pumice Stone. He started a particular chapter with the following words spoken by St David of Wales
Do the little things, the small things that you have heard and seen me do.
In short, Glyn had a pumice stone and his friend had a peg and the challenged was to pass the item on, as a gift to someone so they in turn knew how God feels about them. Both were committed in keeping their promise. Cat saw Glyn pass the stone onto a workman whilst Cat wrote ‘God loves you’ on the peg and attached it someone later that evening. Imagine their surprise when they found the peg.

It is often acknowledged that the little things do count; the small acts of kindness can and do transform the lives of others.
Upon reflection, I did not make a New Year’s resolution because I know I have the promise of God’s love and he is committed to giving his love to me.
Both Glyn and Cat were devoted to carry out their promise but the very essence in all of this was their commitment to show and share the love of God to others.
Do the little things, the small things that you have heard and seen me do.
Questions for all of us to reflect upon:
Do we look as God looks with extraordinary vision? Do we commit ourselves and bring the good news of his love to others each day? What small thing can you do to enable others hear and see the Good News of God?
These are thought-provoking questions that I hope will linger at the fore front of your mind in the days and weeks to come.
With every blessing.