“Where did this year go?” How many times have I heard that phrase, or even asked it myself. Each year seems to go by faster than the previous one – either our Lord has sped things up (which is a lot of trouble considering every clock and watch He would need to adjust) or our lives keep getting more and more busy. I opt for the latter reason – God speeding things up just isn’t the way He does things, is it?
I don’t want to write to you about things I’m going to not do in the coming year – we’ve all been there, and if you’re like me, you start out with a bang, fade a bit in the stretch, and find yourself back where you were. It doesn’t always go that way, but sometimes it sure seems like it, doesn’t it?
And then, something happened to Lisa and to me – we’re now grandparents! Sarah and James’ daughter Sydney was born November 21st – our granddaughter is (as I write this) 5 weeks old. How can this be? The miracle of birth is always amazing, and even more so as it happens to your daughter and son-in-law. This Christmas Day was amazing – but will be even more so next year, as she’ll be over a year old. A brand new life – a brand new start. Remembering the past, but now looking ahead.
That’s what our new sermon series is about – it’s about not looking back, but completely looking forward to the “Brand New” start – watching, learning, moving out from – seeing what God is doing in your life and in my life. Listed on the front of this newsletter is our preaching schedule – scriptures and topics about this brand new life God is actively doing in us.
As we begin this new year 2018, please join me in praying daily for each other, and for the impact God wants to make in this community through us. Paul gives us the perfect verses in Philippians 1:3-6:
Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. (Philippians 1:3-6 – from the Message)
May this also be our prayer – and may we see it lived out all throughout this coming year. Amen.