The year got off to a difficult start here in the rectory. Eliot became ill and had to be put to sleep yesterday, New Year's Day. It was his fourteenth birthday. A very sad farewell but to make him linger would have been selfish. He was not going to get better.
So today I'm washing his blankets and toys. They'll go to a good home.
And I'm adjusting to life without Eliot.
There is the whole year lying ahead ... a year of potential and hope ... a year when, once again, we can see God's hand at work in our lives.
Christ, the Light of the World, is here among us ... let us walk with him into the unknown.