My Year Ahead

For the first time ever, I go into a new year with no major responsibilities, outside of Anita my wife and Millie, a small dog who thinks she’s a big dog. I’ve stood down my trustee responsibilities and, though I’m still useful to my old business, I’m very happy to stand well back in the shadows and admire what a fantastic job they’re all doing. So, how to spend all this free time?

I’ve had plenty of advice of course; we all find it easier to solve other people’s problems rather than our own! The advice is mostly to do more writing, thinking it might help keep me out of trouble. Very well I shall. I’ve been looking over some of the blogs I’ve written in the last year; some of them are quite decent. I’ll try to keep this up. I’ve also got material crossing my desk (armchair actually; I’ve forsaken a desk), that might interest you if you’re part of the charity world. So I shall send out regular charity briefings. Just ignore them if you aren’t involved in a charity, though I suspect most of my readers are. I’m also up for the occasional guest post; do send me a note if you have something to say.

I won’t just be writing of course. We haven’t travelled much this last couple of years. This year I hope we can make up and do lots of visiting. You will have to be dog friendly though; Millie will go to a kennel, but she prefers to be with us and is a good traveller. The last dog we had would hyperventilate as soon as she got into a car, possibly a reflection on Anita’s ‘boy racer’ tendencies.

What else? I’m already cooking more, Anita’s always careful to applaud even my disasters. I shall even try to pray more. I understand prayer less and less as I go on. Frederick Buechner, one of my favourite authors and theologians talks about his inarticulate, helpless, meagre prayer life. I cling blindly to Alfred Lord Tennyson’s powerful words, ‘More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of’. I shall go on as long as I can with my lists and my mad, scattered, inarticulate cries for God to intervene. Perhaps we should be turning our lives into a prayer.

For me then this will be a softer gentler year. Please stay in touch, press the ‘like’ button or even comment if I say something that resonates. A like is incredibly encouraging. If you disagree I’d like to know; do so gently.

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What’s Prayer? It’s shooting shafts into the dark. What mark they strike, if any, who’s to say? It’s reaching for a hand you cannot touch. The silence is so fathomless that prayers like plummets vanish in the sea. You beg. You whimper. You load God down with empty praise. You tell him sins that he already knows full well. You seek to change his changeless will. Yet Godric prays the way he breathes, for else his heart would wither in his breast. Prayer is the wind that fills his sail. Else waves would dash him on the rocks, or he would drift with witless tides. And sometimes, by God’s grace, a prayer is heard. 

-Originally published in Godric

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  1. Daryl,

    Congratulations on having a bit more time!

    No doubt many people are filling your head with ideas and offering opportunities, but if you still have a bit of spare space in your life, can I ask if you would consider contributing some writing, and maybe participating in some discussion, with a project I’m trying to get off the ground?

    If you have a few minutes, would you mind taking a look at Just Human? If anything is not clear, do say! If you would like to get involved, I would be delighted; if not, I would still appreciate your thoughts and comments.

    Do have a splendid, and more relaxed year. And, whatever you choose to do, I’m more than happy to keep in touch.

    Every blessing,



    1. Paul, Thankyou so much for your response. Bear with me; can you give me the link to Just Human. (I got through to a site in Liverpool, so I’ve gone wrong somewhere. I’d be glad to help however I can. Warm regards, Daryl


  2. To be part of Romans 8 v 19 the (that’s an invitation to all His children) mature son’s of God requires that we know the Father. This is a worthy pursuit that dovetails with prayer.

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  3. Hi Daryl,
    Do enjoy the more relaxing life style, well deserved I’m sure. Say hi to Anita and both of you stay well.
    God bless
    Colin 👋

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  4. Lovely piece. I have told myself that this year i will read the books that have been idling on my book shelf, unread, but i cant bear to part with. I am an avid reader but keep buying new ones instead of getting through the ones i already have!!

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  5. Thankyou for this response. Like you I must have over a hundred books waiting to be read. Yet, I still buy more! I keep charity shops well supplid with books I’ve read; then I decide I want to read one again that I’ve given away. Go well.

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