Happy New Year!
Free Church, with such a large Scottish contingent within our congregation
that, surely, becomes a significant greeting bringing back memories of Hogmanay
and First Footing north of the border!
What do we already know about this New Year?
We know it is written as MMXV in Roman numerals, that it is the 2015th
year of the Anno Domini (AD) or Common Era (CE) designations, the 15th
year of the 3rd millennium and the 6th year of the 2010’s
It’s also been decided by the United Nations General Assembly that 2015 is to
be known as the Year of Light. I got
rather excited about that and its theological possibilities until I read a
little further that the year’s full title is actually Year of Light and Light
I grew up singing hymns at this time of year like ‘I know who holds the future’
and the assumption was always made that God has a Plan A for our lives – all we
need to do is discover it. I’m not sure
I believe in that pre-determined, some might almost say pre-destined, future
2015 has some scientific certainties – so on March 20th, all things
being equal, there will be a total solar eclipse.
2015 has some firm probabilities – so on July 14th the NASA
spacecraft, New Horizons, is due to fly past the planet Pluto!
And 2015 has some hoped for possibilities – so if the Queen is blessed with
good health and wakes up at Balmoral on September 10th she will
become the longest serving British Sovereign of all time.
Yet I would suggest for most of us that 2015 will offer an exciting and
daunting mixture of certainties, probabilities and possibilities. What counts is the way we face both the
worrying challenges and potential joys of this forthcoming year.
God, who we sometimes describe as Alpha and Omega, is at once outside of time
and yet, we dare to believe, somehow present in every moment. We are not alone as we face the future because
something of God’s goodness and love touches our pilgrimage through these days that
are now before us.
And it’s not a bad aspiration to hope and pray that 2015 will indeed be a Year
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