Vicar’s New Year Message 2012
Have you heard about the man who moved into a retirement community to spend the rest of his life there? It wasn’t long until he had made a number of friends among the other residents. There was one lady he was especially attracted to, and she was attracted to him, also. So they spent a lot of time together. Finally one evening he proposed, asking her to marry him. The next morning he woke up remembering his proposal, but he couldn’t remember her answer. So he went to her and said, “I’m really embarrassed. I proposed to you last night but I can’t remember if you said ‘yes’ or ‘no.’” “Oh, thank goodness!” She replied. “I remember saying ‘yes’ but I couldn’t remember who asked me.”
Sometimes I feel that way about New Year’s resolutions. I tell myself, “This year I’m going to exercise regularly and lose weight. I’m going to do all kinds of things to improve myself physically and spiritually.” But then somehow I forget. Maybe you have that problem too?
Just the other day, I saw my wife Haidee and the kids planting coins around the house, on the door steps and elsewhere. She brought some fruits all in a round shape. I asked her, “What fortune would New Year give?” She replied, “Shssss, be quite, it will give us luck.”
I am always fascinated by our own traditional belief but I am not always impressed with the outcome. For year after year, it all comes back with the same ritual.
So this year, I have a suggestion for a New Year’s resolution that we ought to be able to remember and do. Let’s promise ourselves and God that we will make a change for the better:
1. Develop a positive attitude toward the church and your community by sharing your Time, Talents and Love. In your passion to make a difference, always remember to give thanks to God who made things possible.
2· Display a positive attitude toward others through your compassion and by sharing your blessings to bless others who are in need especially the poor, the oppressed, the destitute, the lowly, the unloved and the forgotten people in our society.
3· Develop a positive outlook toward life by doing things that are pleasing in the eyes of God, your country, your neighbor, your family and yourself. Never forget that you are a part of God’s Ecology of Nature. Be active in preserving those which are good around us and be mindful to the needs and presence of the rest of God’s creation.
Now when we all do these, remember to smile, for such facial expression is so contagious to connect one person to another that will bring life to our family and community.
Please know that you are all loved and that you all have special place in my heart. I ask you to do the same to those whom you meet, work and live with.
A blessed New Year to all!!!
The Rev. Leonard B. Oakes