2 December 2008

Looking back

As the year draws to a close, many of us take the opportunity to review the year that has gone. Well, it stands to reason - the TV, Radio and press are full of reviews of the year; we grab our diaries to write letters to our friends bringing them a potted history of the year to slip into the Christmas cards. I've done the same in previous years, but find that I can't help but take a sharp intake of breath this year when looking at 2008. What a stormy year!

I've already drafted out my blog entry for the end of the year, but am finding difficulty in finding many 'upbeat' things to say. My good friend Anna is always telling me to concentrate on the positive. Perhaps I'm a bit blind to it at the moment, but I find there's little to smile about nowadays.

I'm working on it though. The verse that comes to mind is one we have used before in Sunday School:

With Christ in the vessel
You can smile at the storm
Smile at the storm
Smile at the storm
With Christ in the vessel
You can smile at the storm
As we go sailing home

Sailing, sailing home.
Sailing, sailing home.
With Christ in the vessel
You can smile at the storm
As we go sailing home.

It's still stormy but I'm putting my trust in God to see me through.

2 comments:

Anna said...

Colin, maybe if you see what i see it is easier.

I see that in a very tormented economy your job is quite safe compared to most.

I see that you can spend Christmas with your family and the ones you love most, holding your Christmas traditions in your house. Trust me, many can not say that. I should know.

I see that there is a lot of good thing around - they just don't scream and jump as much as the bad ones. Have a look!

Colin M said...

Thanks for your comments.

There's still quite a gap between where I am NOW and where I want to be. There's also quite a gap between where I am NOW and where I used to be a while ago. Where I am now it's a bit stormy!

I am assured that my Lord has the answer; I have just to remember to keep looking forward.