By Pastor Wes Poole
1 Corinthians 15:31
I die every day! That is as certain, brothers and sisters, as my boasting of you—a boast that I make in Christ Jesus our Lord. – NRSV
I am the New Year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.
All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it but with more determination.
All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.
All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have—these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.
I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
Happy New Year, my friends! I hope you will join me in raising prayers to the Most High God for a truly happy, and hopefully healthy year ahead. The new year is an appropriate time to express our hope and faith in God’s Promises, while recommitting to presenting a better version of ourselves to both God and neighbor. Still, for many of us, this new year may seem to be pretty much the “same ole” as the last two. I have been joking that we just rang in the 25th month of 2020! Thus, the question marks in the title. All dark humor aside though, as Christians we believe that God is constantly at work doing new things. In the verse above, Paul mentions dying daily. At first read, it may sound off-putting, but it is really a statement of joy and trust. Paul reminds us to take heart and believe that God is always there to see us through. In Jesus Christ, we have been shown the way to do the same for our sisters and brothers everywhere. In Christ, every day is a new opportunity to live the new life he has given us. 2022 will undoubtedly present its own set of challenges. As disciples of Jesus in this new year, trusting that in him all things are possible, we will work hard to make this New Year truly bright!
Let us pray…
God of Light and Hope, we give thanks that you walk with in the new year and all the days ahead. Help us to remember that each day brings a new gift of life and opportunity. Help us to cherish and share this gift always; for it is in the Name of Our Lord Jesus that we pray. Amen.
Be well, be kind, and be safe!
Your Partner in Christ,
Pastor Wes Poole †