A New Year message from Bishop John

New Year brings an opportunity for a new beginning: hence the tradition of New Year’s resolutions.

The thought of new beginnings is particularly on my mind this New Year since, less than two weeks into it, on 12 January, I shall be married.

A marriage is, as much as anything, a new beginning: the beginning of a new life for two people joining together. It’s also, of course, a new start in love when two people pledge their love for one another. HJ and I shall do this before God in a Church.

We shall also do so in the light of the greatest love story ever told; that between God and humanity. We have just marked Christmas when we celebrated the coming of God into our world to show the depths of His love for us.

Love is a beautiful thing but unrequited love is a terrible tragedy. If we haven’t experienced that tragedy for ourselves at some point in our lives, we shall almost certainly know someone who has, and the misery that it brings.

God pledged his love to us when he came to live among us and, in so doing issued us with an invitation: Will we return His love so that the outcome of the greatest love story ever told can be glorious and not tragic?

This New Year I shall be pledging my love anew to God as well as to HJ. What will your response to God’s invitation in Jesus be?

Happy New Year.

Rt Revd Dr John Inge
Bishop of Worcester

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