New Month/New Year/No Theme

It’s January, and we’re ringing in a new year.  2020 has been a difficult time for many of us.  We’ll remember it as the year of the pandemic.  People have been isolated and afraid;  many have been sick and some have died.  Churches are suffering from low attendance and decreased giving.  Businesses have failed and some have lost their jobs.  Employees and students are learning to work from home.  We’re wearing masks and social distancing.  It’s the “new normal.”

Like many, I’m hoping that in 2021, we can put some of the bad things behind us.  I’m reminded of Paul’s statement in the book of Philippians:

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14

Our circumstances may change, but our goal does not;  our hope does not;  the promises of God do not.  We can’t give up, because Christ is counting on us;  we must continue to be His people and His voice and hands and feet in the world.

There is no theme, because right now we have no idea what 2021 will bring.  We only know that we must keep running the race with our eyes focused on the goal — eternity with the One Who called us.

Wishing you peace in the coming year because He loves and so do I!

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