As this is my first Chaplain’s Corner of 2018, may I wish everyone a very Happy New Year. Having said that, I have never really embraced the idea of celebrating the start of another twelve month cycle. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good party to celebrate a birthday, wedding or any other special occasion, but the passing from 31st December to 1st January doesn’t really float my boat.
Nothing really changed when Big Ben struck mid-night on December 31st and the fireworks were set off. In the cold light of day, Manchester City still have a massive lead in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho still hasn’t got enough money to spend and Arsene Wenger still cannot zip up his bench coat!!
I recognise, for many, that seeing in the New Year is a cause to celebrate. The mark of a new beginning. 2018 stretches out before us, unblemished, like a blank canvas waiting for the artist to go to work with their brushes. I wonder what “our canvases” will look like on 31st December? Will it be a masterpiece or a horrible mess? I guess at this stage none of know what the future holds for us.
2018 will see the Winter Olympics take place in February and the Commonwealth Games in October. Sandwiched in between will be the small matter of a six week football tournament , which will be held in Russia. This sporting year looks like one full of promise and excitement, not only on the global stage, but here at H&RBFC as well.
As we enter the second half of the season, I think it is fair to say that not many of us would have thought the team would be in the position they are today. The Beavers sit third in the table, having not lost a league game since 26th August, a really remarkable achievement!! Who knows where will the boys will end up, come the end of the season.
I guess many of us will have plans and dreams for the next twelve months, but no one knows for certain how the year will unfold. 2017 certainly had one or two surprises in store for my family, which we didn’t anticipate this time last year. Just as the team has to have a plan ”B”, we have to learn to adapt to any change of circumstances that life throws at us.
We all have different coping methods when situations change. Dowse may throw on an extra striker if a goal is needed or a defender to protect a lead. For me, personally, I take comfort from these words from the prophet Jeremiah;-
I have plans to prosper you, says the Lord, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future
Whatever your “canvas” of 2018 looks like at 31st December I hope it contains some of your hopes and dreams.
With my best wishes for 2018
Updated 18:59 - 8 Jan 2018 by Rob Overfield