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Dear Friends

January by John Updike.

The days are short,
The sun a spark,
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.

Fat snowy footsteps
Track the floor.
Milk bottles burst
Outside the door.

The river is
A frozen place
Held still beneath
The trees of lace.

The sky is low.
The wind is gray.
The radiator
Purrs all day

Welcome to January, a New Year has arrived and all that that brings. As I write, there is much uncertainty about our country and our government and many people, especially those whose jobs rely on trade, are anxious. Anything I write about this subject will be out of date before this is printed. As followers of Jesus, we should be praying for all our politicians as they struggle with events.

Many things will happen this year, to the nation and to us as individuals, good things and tragic things. Now is the time to re-commit to worship, to community, to giving and to following Jesus.

Philippians 4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Revd Mark Ingls.