2020 AGW Presidents Christmas Message


Dear AGW Members,

At the end of 2019, few people could have imagined what the coming year would bring, so it’s with some trepidation that we reflect on 2020 and the expectations as an ASA Province for 2021.

At the end of 2019, few people could have imagined what the coming year would bring, so it’s with some trepidation that we reflect on 2020 and the expectations as an ASA Province for 2021.

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2020 was supposed to be the year that offered the best view of the future, a 2020 view. Turns out it was not such a good view.

Ultimately, whether it’s physically, mentally or socially – the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected us all.

As we continue to live out our days in this very unusual time during what we will forever call something like, “that whole Coronavirus season”. I’ve been thinking a lot during this season…what will be true about me when this is all over, whenever that is going to be? What will I want to know about the way I held myself…my posture, how I lived, the way I interacted with others, cared for others…the ways I took care of my own soul and agreed with the Living God?

Who was I on the anvil as the hammer hit, as it does from time to time in our world?

You may be reading this in the midst of one of the most painful seasons of your life. Maybe your marriage is falling apart, a diagnosis just came in, maybe you and your child has a strained relationship, or maybe you’ve lost a loved one. I am so sorry for your pain. You might feel that God is far removed from your situation. Be assured that He is ever present and aware of all our problems and needs.Our suffering here is temporary and for a season. There will come a day when there will be no more tears, death, or pain.

But in here in the now, I would encourage you to share with someone.

We have a hopeful future to look forward to. We as a federation and as members are all in this together. And that’s what we are…we’re a FAMILY.

Together with these words from David we can echo the words of Ephesians 2 verse 10a “For we are God’s workmanship…”. I am unique, you are unique, and we are all precious in God’s sight.

We were built to count, as water is made to run downhill. We are placed in a specific context to count in ways no one else does. That is our destiny. Our hunger for significance is a signal of who we are and why we are here.

We no longer need to compare our abilities and disabilities to those of others. We should avoid the comparison trap and focus on the uniqueness and marvellous work of the Creator in our lives. God has made us and therefore He is in charge of our life’s journey, our future. Let us embrace who we are and not wait for approval of others.There were days when I felt defeated and it was the gracious act of those believing in me who lifted me out of despair and reminded me of the hope I had.

God graciously give us community here on earth to lift each other up. And finally, when you are out of the desert, I pray you would see how God carried you through and share it with someone else. It is a blessing and encouragement to see God working in other’s lives because we can believe that he will do it for us too.While I desperately wish COVID had never happened, a huge takeaway is the resilience and flexibility shown by our members. I think we were all surprised by our abilities to swim around in uncertainty like we’ve never done before.One important lesson this sport federation should take from the coronavirus pandemic into 2021, is to be one step ahead of the pandemic curve, not one step behind…Whatever the next trend is, embrace it…do not fear it. Embracing it might be a lifesaver in the future, as it proved to when the pandemic broke out.

While this year has brought many unforeseen hardships and obstacles, it is also a time to reflect on the goodness of life and to be thankful for the countless blessings that have been bestowed upon us.

We’re thankful to the Lord for His abundant blessings, His boundless love, His goodness, His provision, and to our running community for continued encouragement and support.

May we all rejoice with exceeding great joy as the wise men did some two thousand years ago, following the miraculous sign of the star in the heavens that led them to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

May Christ be the source of your joy in this Christmas season and brings you nothing but fond memories, happiness and laughter.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

May the peace and joy of the holiday season be with you and your family throughout the coming year.

With all good wishes,

merry christmas

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