In France, where I lived for the last six years, there's a tradition of the formal sharing of New Year’s greetings – everyone does it, from the president down to the humblest local mayor.
So in that same spirit I thought I’d share my New Year wishes with you.
So what do I wish – and indeed pray – for us in 2013?
A year is a long time, and one year ago I had no idea I’d be writing this message as CMS executive leader. So who knows what the Lord has in store for us?
But what I do hope is that in a year’s time CMS's mission will be clearer and more cohesive, better understood in the wider Church, better supported and celebrated – for there is so much to celebrate. My resolution for this year is to lead us on in that direction, the Lord being my helper.
But I don’t think we should stop there. We all know that the mission we are engaged in is not ours but the Lord’s. It is he who reaches out with such passionate love to the world he has created and redeemed – and he calls us to be co-workers in that passionate outreach.
So my more fundamental wish – and prayer – for us in 2013 is that we will we walk very closely with our God as we share his passion and love for the world.
And as we see people and communities respond to that love in this year to come may we rejoice as the glory goes to him.