Posted by: morgan1965 | January 2, 2016

God’s Fresh Beginnings in the New Year

It is truly a rich blessing, a privilege and an opportunity for us as we enter into a New Year, 2016. It seems to me that each New Year brings with it God’s fresh beginnings and opportunities. God is always doing new things and providing for us fresh opportunities.

When we enter the New Year, there is a tendency to look back and examine where we have come from and what has happened in our world. During the past year, we have witnessed a great deal of political wrangling in Washington DC and on the campaign trail of both political parties, Democrats and Republicans. It is difficult for politicians to agree on most things. On the economic front, we have witnessed increasing improvement in the overall U.S. economy. There have been terror attacks, however, in various parts of the world including the United States. These random attacks engender fear in our nation. We seem to live in an upside down world.

We are wondering who will be the next president of the United States. Will it be a democrat or a republican; a woman or a man; a conservative, a moderate or a liberal? We ask: What direction is the nation headed in and at what cost?

Personally, are you afraid about the future of our nation and the world in which we live? Perhaps you are not afraid, but you are one who has deep concerns.

As I ponder the days ahead, I am convinced that the problems of the world cannot be solved by humankind on our own. Instead, it is God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who has the world in God’s hands. We must rely on the power and presence of God to guide us through the difficult days and to keep us anchored in Jesus even in the best of times.

As you strive to be a faithful pilgrim disciple, let Jesus lead you, because He knows the Way and will protect you on the Way. Remember that God is with us, and our God will guide us, provide for us and protect us. Our God is able and our God loves us. With a God like this, we cannot fail.

The New Year is here, so let’s go forward with faith, trusting that God will take care of us in the worst of times and in the best of times. Let’s get busy and do the work of Christmas as described by Howard Thurman in his poem, “The Work of Christmas.”

“When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make 
music in the heart.” 

Think about it and get going. May your New Year be filled with joy, hope and peace.

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