Can you believe it is 2020?! Back when I was in elementary school one of my teachers asked us to figure out how old we would be in the year 2000. It seemed like such a long time off. I remember wondering what my life would be like in the year 2000. I would be 38 years old. Unimaginable! Now here I am 20 years the other side of the year 2000. I would never have dreamed that I would be working for God’s kingdom and serving as pastor of a church. Most of the people around me when I was a teen would never have dreamed that either. In fact, most would have taken bets against it!
A lot has happened since then. There have been joys I could not have imagined and sorrows greater than anyone could have predicted. But through it all, my faith has helped me to keep moving, even in challenging times when I wasn’t sure I could go on. If there is one thing I have learned it is that life is unpredictable and fragile and beautiful all at once. The best we can do is hold on to each other and take care of each other and trust in God. Who knows what this year holds for us? But as the old praise song encourages, “Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand. But I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.”*
As we begin this New Year may we look forward, with great anticipation, to what the Lord will do in and through us. The classic Christmas carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen**, reminds us of God’s message of Comfort and Joy in Jesus Christ. We can take comfort in God’s power and find joy in the midst of life because He lives and He has promised peace to us and a future that is secure. As you begin this year, read John 14. Read it carefully and take in the fullness of its words, for in its verses we find deep peace and renewed faith. Then, let us “rise and be on our way” to face the challenges that lay ahead with a deep peace and calm assurance that God is with us in this new year, all through our lives and in the life to come.
Peace to you,
*I Know Who Holds Tomorrow – Ira Stanphill – © 1950, Singspiration Music, Renewed 1978
**Traditional English Christmas Carol – c.1760