Minister's Message

Minister’s Message

 

Many of us take the celebration of the new year as a time to begin anew. We make resolutions to lose those extra pounds we gained over the past year, to begin an exercise program to help maintain our health, or to try to be more patient and understanding. 

 

Certainly resolutions to live a better life are worthwhile, and most of us can think of ways that we need to improve. But, remember in our faith journey, the new year actually began with the start of Advent in December, not on January 1. The church calendar marks this period of preparation for the coming of our Savior as the time of new beginning—the time when we should prepare for the saving grace of Jesus Christ to enter our life. 

 

Paul tell us in Galatians 4: “4-7 But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance’ (The Message).

 

God chose the time to send Jesus just as God chooses God’s children. We are children of God solely by God’s grace, not by any resolutions we might make. God continues to love us even if we don’t quite live up to the standards that we set for ourselves. Maybe during Advent we haven’t faithfully prepared. Many of us worry about how the Christmas tree looks (I thought ours looked more like a bush, than a tree) and about buying and wrapping gifts. Yet, we must try to keep the Spirit of the Son present in our hearts. Look for this Spirit each and every day. 

 

Yes, no matter what calendar we follow or what the season, God is always with us, and because of God’s presence in our lives we want to live up to the expectations that God has for us. Remember, however, that God’s grace and mercy endure even we don’t quite meet God’s, or our, goals. We are God’s heirs! Happy New Year!

 

Grace and peace, Barb

 

Note:  Our “Glory to God” Hymnal drive was a success. We are excited to use our new hymnals in the upcoming month. Thank you to all who purchased one or more. God Bless!