It is customary at the start of January to wish everyone a Happy New Year, but in the current very difficult circumstances our prayer for you is that you will know God’s peace, shalom, in your life at this time. We pray that in 2021 you and your family, your neighbours and your friends, apart and yet together, are able to glimpse the hope we have in Christ.
It is this hope, offered to us in and through the love of God, that leads us on. We trust that the One who is Lord of all knows the way we cannot always see, and it is the Lord we seek as we step out into uncharted territory. Sometimes it can feel a lonely place to be walking, particularly when we are physically distanced from each other, but as the writer to the Hebrews reminds us, we are surrounded by a great a cloud of witnesses. So let us look to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith and run!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV)