I hope that you have had some time for rest and reflection as we get back to the routines of the New Year.

It’s at this time of the year that we are encouraged to make New Year’s resolutions, start something or give something up. It’s a time when we are told to get fit, to quit our bad habits and to make a fresh start.

Often we can upset ourselves looking back at things we should have done or said over the past months. But I’m reminded of a verse given to the Church last year that helps us look to the future.

Isaiah 43:18-19 says : “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

For some of us 2018 will have been a joyful time, but for others we would rather forget it. Let’s encourage one another to not dwell on the past, but to look to God and focus on the New Thing that He is doing in our lives and at Elmwood Church.

Rebecca Kelly
Leadership Team