PASTOR'S PEN...                             A NEW YEAR'S RECIPE



Please consider using the following recipe, from an unknown author, for your

Christian living in 2017.


Take 12 fine, full-grown months,

… See that they are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, hate or jealousy;

… Cleanse them completely from every clinging spite;

… Pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness;

… In short, see that these months are freed from the past;

… Have them as fresh and clean as when they first came from the great

     store house of Time.


Cut the 12 months into 31 equal parts.  This batch will keep for just one year.  Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot in this way).  But, prepare one day at a time, as follows:


In each day,

… twelve parts of faith

… eleven of patience,

… ten of courage,

… nine of work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest)

… eight of hope,

… seven of fidelity,

… six of liberality,

… five of kindness,

… four of rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad, don't do it),

… three of prayer

… two of meditation,

… one well-selected resolution.


If you have no conscientious scruples, put in about a teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.


Pour into the whole pan of life with love and mix with vigor.

Cook thoroughly in a fervent heat.

Garnish with a lot of smiles and a sprig of joy. 

Serve with quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness.


You will see that not only do the 12 months fly by, but that a Happy New Year is possible and certain!


                                                                             Pastor Clarence