A recipe for a Happy New Year:

Take twelve whole months.

Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy.

Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or thirty-one different parts, but don’t make up the whole batch at once.

Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

Mix well into each day one part of faith, one part of patience, one part of courage, and one part of work.

Add to each day one part of hope, faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.

Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation, and one good deed.

Season the whole with a dash of good spirits, a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play, and a cupful of good humour.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.

Cook thoroughly over radiant joy, garnish with a smile, and serve with quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness.

You’re bound to have a happy new year.

Author Unknown

At the beginning of the year, dates go into the diary, marriage preparation course, wedding dates (10 weddings in Mereworth church in 2019, and 2 more in West Peckham), school fayres, village fetes, son’s graduation and school concerts, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week & Easter with the unmissable Seder Meal; birthdays, anniversaries, special dates and things-not-to-forget.  Meetings. Meetings. Meetings.  Not a week goes by without something written in, right up to December. What we forget to write in are those moments to sit back and reflect, to pray, to “be”.  Life is so busy, from Reception children in school and their busy social agendas of play dates and clubs, until the day we retire (and even beyond), that we forget to garnish life with those meaningful moments that help our souls grow, build relationships and bring us together to neighbour, family, partner and friend.

Christ came into this world, so that knowing Him, we may “have life to the full” (John 10.10). in 2019 fill your life with meaningful moments.  Search for the meaning of life.  Love your neighbour as yourself. Get involved in charity.  Support your community.  Love without measure.  And may God bless you,

Rev’d Pat Dickin

01622 814568 – pat.dickin@kmwchurches.org – www.kmwchurches.org – www.stlawrencemereowrth.org