Happy New Year! 2017
“He Put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord!” Psalm 40: 3&4
We welcome the new year as we close the door to 2016. As the new year begins we often reflect over the past year filled with memories. Memories of happy times that cause us to smile and give thanks. Other memories move us to ponder those who are no longer with us. Then there were those moments that overwhelmed us with unexpected challenges that were out of our control. It may have been a job change, health issues, the loss of a friend or loved one, the car breaks down, etc.
Now we have entered 2017. What lies before us as we step into this new year? There are many questions we can ponder. What challenges are before us? Are there changes lurking in the shadows of this new year? Will my health remain as it is? Will I be able to afford my health care? Will my child or grandchild make good choices? What is going to happen as our nation has a new president and cabinet? What will be the direction of the United Methodist Church? And, who will win the Super Bowl? What will we face as we open the door of 2017? Just how do I approach the challenges and changes in this new year?
Are you willing to trust God? Is our hope in the promises of God found in Isaiah 40 . . .
Verse 10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Verse 13 “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
May we all enter this new year with hope in the promises of God. Trusting in the one who is and was and always will be. Believing in the One who knows the way when we don’t know the way. May we all walk with confidence in the One who gave us His Son to be the Way, Truth, and Life!
Happy New Year! May God bless!