The challenges of 2021 are now behind us, and hopefully the COVID restrictions that placed such burdens on our ability to spend time with those we love are easing. If anything, the pandemic has taught us that the people we love and care for must be our priority because the networks of relationships that govern our lives, either at home or work, or in our community, have to be cherished if we are to be resilient and find meaning in life. The truth is that our community relies on so many people throughout the year. People who give their time and energy without pay, or who go far beyond what could reasonably be expected of them (including unseen and unsung). With this in mind, I turn to wishing you all a very happy New Year. While the last two years have brought many challenges, I believe there are many reasons to be optimistic about the year ahead. This optimism is not based on vaccines or new antiviral drugs and therapies, though I do believe that these are good things that will help. My optimism is based on our communities continued ability to work together, to help and support each other.
As a Christian I see this as more than simply “a nice idea”, I see this as being at the core of how God called us to be. For Christians this is what it means to live out the commandment to “love your neighbour”. Over the last two years our community, Christian or otherwise, has shown an ability to help and support each other in challenging times. I hope that this year will soon prove to be A Happy New Year which will give us many more opportunities to celebrate together as well.
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