A Happy, Hopeful, New Year

Dear Oscar

As time moves relentlessly on, we yet again find ourselves on the brink of a new year. In reality, that moment when the second hand ticks over from midnight into a new day, and a new year, is no different from any other that has gone before or is to follow. Yet in the human consciousness, it signifies something distinctive; something more evocative and meaningful. For many, that moment, when another year is left behind, bears haunting reminders of the past; sorrow, regret, and what might have been. Yet, as we step cautiously into a new year, that moment also marks an affirmation that God has brought us to a new place in the story of our lives. Anticipation of a new chapter waiting to be written; a new chance, a new start, a new hope.

Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Oscar, I pray with all my heart that these words ring true for you. I pray that as time moves on, your thoughts are less haunted, your pain less raw and regrets less intense. I pray that you are able to move forward with faith and courage, and that with God ever present in your life, you can see hope smiling at you as you step over that threshold, beckoned by whispers of happier, less fearful, times ahead. And we look forward with you, in hope and longing, to a year when wisdom, justice and humanity will prevail and the fulfilment of what is right, just, and in the best interests of humankind.

So, as clocks chime midnight all over the world, and fireworks light up the skies, filling the darkness with colour and light, I too will look forward with hope. I will renew my resolve to stand by your side and offer you my belief, friendship, support and love as you move forward and write this new chapter in your life. A chapter which God willing, will be defined by justice, vindication, healing and peace.

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”
~T.S. Eliot

God bless you Oscar. I wish you a happy, hopeful, and peaceful new year.

Love Heather x

Happy new year

Focus

Dear Oscar

It’s that time again when we cast our minds back over the past year and also look forward to what the new year may bring. We think about changing ourselves, putting away bad habits, creating new ones. I think there is no point in dwelling on the bad stuff that has happened, nothing can change that, instead let’s concentrate on the challenges ahead. (NB, the quote is not from the ancient Greek Socrates but a modern-day sage.)

Thinking of you always.
love from Sally (UK)

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Christmas Blessings: Isabel

Dear Oscar

The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I am coming to you to reward you. I will open the heavens and pour out My glory upon you in ways that you would never have considered, says the Lord. Watch and be amazed. Isaiah 40:10 Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him, Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13, God bless you Oscar, as always stay connected to God.

Have a blessed X-mas.  

Isabel Giliomee
South Africa