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A Bright New Beginning

Happy New Year! I just saw this quote on Facebook this morning and I’ve been thinking about it ever since:


“The chief beauty about time

is that you cannot waste it in advance.

The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,

as perfect, as unspoiled,

as if you had never wasted or misapplied

a single moment in all your life.

You can turn over a new leaf every hour

if you choose.”

― Arnold Bennett




That quote resonates with me as I look back over my life and know that, as busy as I was at times, there certainly has been time wasted. I’m not counting the times when I just sat still and did nothing. I believe those moments of sitting quietly, thinking and reflecting, can be very important for having rich and meaningful lives.


Last May, I retired after 23 years of ordained ministry. The past eight months have been a time of great transition with a little confusion mixed in. My husband, Fred, and I moved to a new town, a new apartment (which meant downsizing) and have started a whole new life in which there are many blessings and challenges too. As we begin this new year and decade, I realize I have a whole new chapter before me in my journey of life. Time seems to be racing by and I don’t want to waste any of it.


As I consider retirement as the beginning of something new and great, I’m exploring possibilities and priorities. Writing here is at the very top of my priorities for this year! My goal for this site is to write about life experiences and to reflect on how God’s grace is always in those moments. As pastor I know that many people have struggles and doubts about themselves and about God’s love for them. I hope that sharing experiences and thoughts will be an encouragement to my readers and will somehow strengthen faith and confidence.

I plan to post here on Mondays and Fridays each week. I will be doing some videos and writing short stories and would welcome your comments. I invite you to sign up with your email address so you can receive each new post. I hope to grow this site into a place for encouraging quiet reflection, for some study and for fun reading as well.


May this new year be a blessing to us all!

Sharlyn

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