I do trust that as you read this some Christmas cobwebs are still lingering, and that you have managed good rest in December. May the memories of days in the sun, late night movies, connecting with family and friends, and mostly the luxury of sleeping until you are done still be close to the surface. How wonderful it is to put down the weight of work responsibilities for a while, and have time to just be! May there be a special grace and peace as you pick up those responsibilities again and press on to what beckons you in the year ahead.
If 2013 was particularly difficult, may grace abound to you so that you can commit to eternity those things that have caused you pain, one way or the other. “Forgetting what is behind – both the failures and the successes – and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13
A thought by CS Lewis has recently captured my attention:It seems that we all long for happiness and security! We are waiting for the perfect day, the perfect moment and the perfect relationship before we can be happy. But safety is not what is offered in the Scriptures. The Scriptures offer us peace, and the company of Emmaunuel; God with us! In the words of CS Lewis in his book The Problem of Pain, “We are never safe; but we can have plenty of fun…and even some ecstacy.” What the scriptures clearly offer us, though is peace….not necessarily safety at all times, but peace of mind and heart!
May the God of the universe keep company with you on the mountain tops of 2014, as well as be your shepherd in the valleys that may await us.
With kindest thoughts and prayers
Pam and the Team!
PS: Hatfield Training Centre has joined forces with Hatfield Art Centre. Equipping@Hatfield is our new name, and we are now a Division of Hatfield Christian Church, rather than the Department that we were before. All our contact details remain the same, but I thought you would like to know about the change of name.