By Rev Mandy Ralph, OLM, Clark Memorial Church

The Christmas festivities are over. Presents have been opened, eaten, exchanged or enjoyed. The Nativity has been performed and favourite Christmas carols sung, reminding us of the birth of the Christ child. The Hogmanay Party has come and gone. You may or may not have been the poor soul stuck outside braving the elements to be someone’s first foot, with bottle and bun in hand. The bells have rung, signalling the beginning of 2019!

With New Year comes the age-old tradition of resolutions. Maybe you made a New Year’s resolution and as its early days, you are managing to keep to it. Is your resolve wavering? Or like the Christmas wrapping paper and empty bottles, your New Year’s resolution has been binned!

For some people Christmas and New Year are not happy occasions but are times of heightened struggle, loneliness and despair. This New Year would it not be great if we could all resolve to look out for others in need and offer a helping hand. Amidst all the political arguments, let’s see what positive things can be achieved for our neighbours and our communities in 2019.