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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

1 February 2017: Sylvia Roberts, St Peter's Church, Petersfield

New Year Resolutions

Now that we have seen the last of January 2017 how are your New Year Resolutions holding up? I do hope you are continuing to visit the gym regularly, eat healthily, walk more, swear less and be kind to old ladies and children? Or not?

Many people resolve each year to keep a diary or a journal starting on January 1st to record their activities or their thoughts for each day of the year. It’s always interesting to read famous historic diaries and to be able to imagine what life was like for that person in that situation at that time. I guess Samuel Pepys is the best known example of that genre.

Starting a diary is the easiest part – but continuing to keep it up to date on a regular basis is more testing. Life in all its fullness takes over and before we know it we haven’t visited our diary pages for days or weeks. I have several old diaries full of event in January but tailing off dramatically and sadly empty by April.

This year I have been reading a book which has inspired me to record my life’s happenings in a slightly different way. I have long been encouraged by the motto “Carpe Diem” which I have always understood to translate as “Seize the day”… in other words “live today to the full”… but I have always been slightly troubled by the word “seize” which seemed rather fierce. My book translates “Carpe Diem” in a more mellow way as “Harvest the Day” – draw out the good from each day and store it away. As a Christian I thank God for each day whatever it may bring and as I reflect on each day I do find much to harvest even in the most unpromising and infertile 24 hours.


Men's Breakfast is an opportunity for men to get together for a good old fry-up, Bible study, prayer and a chat - the next meeting is next Saturday 3, February and all men are invited.

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