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Isaiah 26:12-- Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
As we end 2022 tomorrow and begin 2023 on Sunday, I want to thank our great God and King for another year of grace, love, kindness and sustaining presence towards us.
Every year has unforeseen surprises—some surprisingly blessed, others surprisingly painful. But the wonderful thing for us as children of God is that He is present with us in all of them. The measure of a year must not be in the absence or presence of evident blessings or burdens; it is in the presence of God himself. Whether His presence was palpable or not, whether the darkness of life hid Him from our view or not, nothing this past year could separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38, 39). And nothing can in the year to come.
While the culture around us may celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next with a round of parties, games, drinks and more, we get to celebrate with the God of time himself in singing, fellowship, reflection, worship, praise, joy and hope. We live in the same world, but we do not celebrate in the same way.
So, as we journey through this important transitional weekend, let me encourage you to wring from it all the divine blessing God wants you to have. Keep pursuing the presence of God. Let these hours be filled with Spirit-led reflection on the past year and Spirit-filled resolutions about the next.
Here are a couple of opportunities that may help you do just that.
One final note. Many of you have been praying about and giving generously to make up for what was a $40,000 gap between our giving and spending in 2022. I’m delighted to tell you that the gap is down to around $10,000 at present. If you haven’t yet been part of God’s amazing answer, there is still time. What better way to begin the New Year than with a “thank-offering” ending the Old?
Ending and beginning with you,