Wednesday, January 02, 2008

New Year Thoughts

So as it turns to 2008 I am left pondering about 2007 & at the same time looking to the future. It seems strange to be writing 2008 already - 2007 seems to have gone in a blink of an eye. I must be getting old.

2007 was an up and down year - as I reflect back (as I'm sure many have) I can see up & down times.

I grieve for lost friendships, a church left behind, many missed opportunities.

At the same time, I have much to celebrate & be thankful for. I still have friends who I am deeply grateful for & love dearly - they accept me as I am & don't try to make me something I'm not (I hope you know who you are). I have a new job (well 10 months old now!) that I enjoy (most days), a new church that I may settle at (and with that some wonderful new friends - in particular I pay tribute to Joyce who is one of the most friendly & welcoming people I have ever met, who has accepted me & welcomed me & is a star in every sense of the word!!).

As I look forward to 2008 I am deeply thankful for my many blessings.

I had a "healing moment" today. I met someone by chance & quite unplanned (must be a God-moment - the best kind)& had a conversation with them about a past hurt from 2007 that was continuing to nip at my ankles(its the only way to describe it) & raise its ugly head every now & again, causing pain & hurt all over again. This individual listened, apologised & took responsibility for those hurts (despite having nothing to do with them). We hugged & I left. As I walked away I can honestly say I felt lighter. Something in my spirit has shifted. Maybe 2008 won't be so bad after all.

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At Friday, January 04, 2008 10:03:00 AM, Blogger Jonny Watson said...

I like your thoughts. I hope 2008 is a really ood year for you.


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