As we make our way into 2018, if you listen carefully, you can hear the gentle thump of New Year resolutions hitting the ground.... That faint sound of discarded resolutions is usually matched by a matching jump in the enquiries about Short breaks and Summer holidays. It’s a familiar pattern, as many of us struggle to come to terms with our lives as they are, rather than how we’d like them to be.
How far away that familiar feeling is from the understanding of life’s possibilities as Jesus saw them when he told his friends that – ‘all things are possible with God’. Even at the beginning of the New Year, life can feel that it is beginning to disappoint, and that others are better at doing life than we are.
It’s in that context that we might want to consider some other words spoken by Jesus at one of Israel’s great festivals, the feast of Tabernacles, where God’s goodness was celebrated. He said – ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within them.’ Jesus was offering to show people how to live life well and to fulfil all their potential in relationship with him.
That offer to help us be the people we were always meant to be is our main teaching theme this term at All Saints’, and it’s worth far more than all the self-help programmes that pop up each New Year. It comes with God’s promise to be with us always and everywhere.
It used to be said by those travelling up to Jerusalem for the holiday, that if you had not seen the Feast of Tabernacles, you did not know Joy. If you feel you like that deep and fulfilling sense of wellbeing is missing from your life, and you’re fed up of trying to fill the gap with gym memberships, diets and self-help programmes, you could do worse than check out Jesus’ offer of helping you discover life in all its fullness. That is a New Year’s offer that you really can’t afford to miss. Find out more at All Saints’, or at a local church near you.
With best wishes for a blessed and fulfilling New year.