Ah, January, a month of more people in the swimming pool attempting to get fit for a reason they can’t really remember, the month of sadness at the end of Christmas, the month of gloom and the endless waiting for spring. A month, in short, of new beginnings generally fading away to old realities. Cynical? Pessimistic? Well maybe, but that’s what you get from little old me.  Did you want something different? Maybe you should type happy happy blog into google and see what results.

Anyway, enough of that, given that all I want to write is doom and gloom I shall not. But what I shall do each day is give a quote that I really really like. That way we might all get some interesting thoughts, cheer and beauty in the general murk of January.

To start with, some words from the Valley of Vision, which probably should have been on my list of best books of the year…

“O Love beyond compare, Thou art good when thou givest, when thou takest away, when the sun shines upon me, when night gathers over me, Thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world, and in love didst redeem my soul; Thou dost love me still, in spite of my hard heart, ingratitude, distrust.  Thy goodness has been with me another year, leading me through a twisting wilderness, in retreat helping me to advance, when beaten back, making sure headway. Thy goodness will be with me in the year ahead; I hoist sail and draw up anchor with Thee as the blessed Pilot of my future, as of my past.”

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