The New Year

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A Toast for the New Year

As we bring in the new year, I’ve been thinking on the New Year ahead and wondering what is in store for us. Today is a great day to give thanks to God for the past year and, if it was a particularly hard one for you, then thanks that it is over and we get a fresh start. The church flipped its calendar with the First Sunday of Advent, November 29th this year. It is interesting that the Church is a leader in this respect. We started the New Church Year, preparing for the Second Advent, Christ’s Coming great glory and majesty, with power, yet unseen by man. The power that created all we see was unseen. The power of His coming to Earth in the events surrounding His Nativity were visible to many, including angels, shepherds and those looking to the heavens for direction.

The Incarnation, His taking on flesh, coming to us, to live and die for us, giving us eternal life, either with Him or without (it is your choice), is an Epiphany. He was made manifest! We will celebrate that on the 12th Night of Christmas, January 6, 20010. Has He been present to you this year, this Advent and Christmastide? If not, seek Him as the Wise men did those many years ago. Look for the signs in the heavens, in the lives of friends and family. His presence is still strongly to us this day. Be still and know…that He is God!

I pray that this year we all slow down, stop look and listen for God’s wisdom. The Kingdom is nigh at hand. What say you about the Kingdom? Have you seen the glory? Do you want to see it?

What are your desires, plans and prayers for the New Year?

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5 Responses to The New Year

  1. Fred Liedtke says:

    I hope and pray that our country will become a true Christian Nation, and receive the blessings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks, Fred. That is my prayer too. Remembering the Parable of the wheat and the tares, we know that there will be folks who do and those who don’t see Christ as a Savior. We also know what happens to the tares in the end. In the olden days of this country there were more Christians per capita and things went much more smoothly. A return to those days really would be better. Our work is cut out for us in the New Year to share the Good News. For those who don’t see, at least a movement to the center or to good sense would help things. I am tired of the victim and the entitlement mentalities. We have certain and inalienable rights endowed by our Creator… Life, Liberty and [Property] the Pursuit of Happiness. Of these rights neither the government nor the people can take away. God bless you in the New Year.

  3. Susan says:

    It’s awfully hard to mix faith and politics without damaging one or both. The Kingdom is not political – I think it would be better for the Church to actively aspire to being or functioning as the Kingdom, apart from the worldly government. Then its members thus called could run for office and infiltrate!

  4. Fr. Jim says:

    If our faith informs our politics…Then maybe it would work without damage. I agree that the Kingdom is outside of the political arena. The Good News is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not per se political. I was merely pondering that those that know not Jesus nor the Gospel, could help things by being “reasonable” not victims or part of the welfare state, expecting entitlements. Thanks for your comments. Hope to see you again.

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