Maybe it was with a New Year's resolution in mind that Francis of Assisi said his much quoted prayer, 'help me to change what I can and help me to accept that which I can't'. Each year we are optimistic with our resolutions and we renew our effort to change, but then often have difficulty accepting what can't be changed. However we soon forget until it's time for next year's resolutions. Much of these disappointments come because we put our trust in people or things that prove to be un-trustworthy. Last week Australian actor Naomi Watts said about working with her director, '--- I trusted him 100%. I was putty in his hands and there was nothing I wouldn't do for him---.' Now that is admirable, but putty in the hands of a film director? On the other hand, Freddie Mercury of super-group 'Queen', searched throughout his chequered life for someone to love and trust and when that person was finally there he was unable to risk enough to take hold of it. How finely balanced we are, things of the heart and things of the mind can both take us to life's fulfillment or they can rob us of it. Freddie's cry for this New Year, if he had made it, would have been through the words of his song "Save me, save me/ I can't face this life alone / Save, save, save me/ I'm aching and I'm far from home." Of course Freddie was looking for a fellow human to 'save' him. In my understanding this level of trust belongs to the realms of our almighty God. He alone can satisfy the deep thirst of the soul. Jesus said, 'I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?--- But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, it will have enough worries of it's own.' Let us pray that we don't have another Sept.11 year, but whatever this year throws up let us place our trust in the hands of the one who really knows us and loves us just the same.
On behalf of the Combined Churches.