Reflection for 13th January 2013

I love new beginnings. That includes new-born babies, sunrises, the first chapter of a book, sketching out a new project, brainstorming ideas, meeting new people, the opening song, a blank page, sitting down to dinner, beginning a hike, starting a trip, and New Year’s Day! I appreciate the opportunity to begin again and perhaps do things a little more mindfully. For some great ideas for New Year’s resolutions, try some of Jesus’ teachings. Here’s a few from the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John.
1) Don’t worry. Luke 12: 22-32
2) Pray. Luke 5: 16, 10: 38-42
3) Take the lowest position in meetings. Luke 14: 8-10
4) Feed the hungry. Matthew 25: 31-46
5) Welcome new neighbours, co-workers, immigrants. Matthew 25: 31-46
6) Don’t store things you are not using. Matthew 6: 19
7) Care for those who are sick. Matthew 25: 31-46
8) Pray for your enemies. Luke 6: 27-29
9) Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6: 31
10) Beware of hypocrisy and greed. Luke 12: 1, 15
11) Don’t charge others for what God freely gives you. Matthew 10: 8
12) Stop grumbling. John 6: 43
13) Be childlike. Luke 18: 15-18
14) Be a servant. John 13: 3-17
15) Ask God for what you need. Luke 11: 9

(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)

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