Claypole Benefice
From the Rector
New beginnings

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

This quotation is from the Message version of the Bible – doesn’t the Bible have some very relevant and interesting things to say to us?

The New Year is well underway now, but I wonder what new beginning you are experiencing? Have you got a new job? Moved to a new house? Beginning a new day/week? Embarked on a new relationship? Whatever the new beginning might be it is good to know that God is with us as we make that transition.

New beginnings provide an opportunity to start again – there are many stories in the Bible where God offers people a new beginning, the chance to be restored, healed or set free in some way and to become whole.

We have the opportunity to start again every new day that we wake up to. Yesterday may have been a difficult day, it may have tried our patience, tested our resolve, knocked us down, words said to us may have left us feeling broken. But a new beginning allows us to look at those things that we are holding on to, the things that are holding us back and stopping us from being the best we can be. It allows us to face the challenge of letting go or getting rid of those things so we can start again.

When Jesus offers someone a new beginning, he’s simply calling them to be themselves, their best selves…… God moves with us from the present moment into the future, into new and hopeful beginnings. (Kevin McCleod)