Church of England Diocese of Chester Great Budworth

Curate`s Musings Rev Christina Westwell

2 Jan 2021, 10 p.m.

Dear friends

I am not a great modern art lover. Dave and my first date was at a Seurat exhibition at the National and that is about as modern as I get. I once asked at Tate Modern for the Gainsborough exhibition. “This is Tate Modern” the lady said, with a look that said it all. So when Tracey Emin was interviewed on Radio 4 I was not listening intently but then her words just hit me. She had been explaining about her year and the fact that she had been diagnosed with cancer and needed immediate surgery and she said that she felt like she was “on the cusp” of something.

This is how I always feel on New Year`s Eve, that we are on the cusp of something. Last year none of us could have anticipated how 2020 would go. During the 1st lockdown I do not think that any of us would have anticipated that we would still be in the midst of lockdowns and Tiers.

I am praying this month that we can all keep hopeful and pray that with the vaccines we can see an end in sight, but in the meantime we need to continue to love and support each other in any way we can.

I often talk in my Musing`s about resolutions but you will have noticed that I am not great at keeping them so this year I aim to love God and love others more.

George VI in a very dark time in 1939, when we were at war with Nazi Germany used this quote from Minnie Louise Haskins in his Christmas message.

"I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, 'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.' And he replied, 'Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be better than light, and safer than a known way.'"

I can`t think of a better piece of advice to put our hands into the hand of God and continue to hope and pray.

As George VI concluded his message, “ May that Almighty hand guide and uphold us all.”

With love, prayers and blessings