I suspect I’m doing what a lot of folks are doing about now–reflecting on the past year. 2009 has been a remarkable year in our neck of the woods. Many things have happened over the last twelve months–some bad and some good, but all working for good. Isn’t it great to serve a God who is able to make that possible!
Durning this last year we celebrated our 40th anniversary as a church, went through a merger, sold our building, relocated to a new facility, and changed our name. We ended the year by odserving the Lord’s Supper last night and it was a very special service–as it should always be.
Now we face a new year and the many challenges that it brings. We have great blessings behind us, great opportunities before us, much hard work to do, and a great God who is for us! Although we have no way of knowing what the future holds, we are encouraged because we know who holds the future. We are confident that God will direct our steps, and supply our needs. Even as our beloved nation totters on the brink of destruction (I know that sounds like an over-statement to some, but I’m expressing my viewpoint) we believe God will do great things for us and through us. He who brought us thus far will not desert us now. While we hope for America, our hope isn’t in America–we trust in God!
It’s my prayer that each of you will enter this new year with that attitude and that you will be faithful to serve God day-by-day, with thanksgiving in your heart and a song on your lips. I have never been weaker in the flesh, stronger in the spirit, nor more excited about the future. I pray that God will richly bless you and your family. Happy New Year!