First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Do you remember when you were a child playing Hide and Seek? Remember how the one who was “It” would cover their eyes and then count while the other children ran and hid? Then you would hear that one person say, “Ready or not, here I come!” And then he came, looking for everyone else!
We are getting ready to begin a new year. Ready or not – here it comes! There is no way we can stop the passing of time, and each New Year brings with it a great deal of uncertainty. There will probably be new technology, unexpected challenges, and other changes in our lives. As we think of all these uncertainties that come to us as individuals and as families, there is so much we could worry about. However, it is important to remember, we are not alone—the Lord promises to remain with us every step of the way.
The pages of Scripture are full of God’s promises and stories about God’s presence going with His children through all of their tough times. In Hebrews 13:5, Paul reminded the New Testament believers that God promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Consider the promise Christ gave to His followers in Matthew 28:20, “Fear not, for I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” God promises to be an abiding, strengthening, providing presence to His people forever.
The New Year is upon us – ready or not–and the presence of God goes with us each month, each week, each day, each hour, each minute, and each second! We never walk alone if we know Christ. That is the good news of Immanuel – God IS with us! Now we can say with confidence, “Come on, New Year! We’re ready, and we are not hiding from you!”
Peace and love,
P.S. Patrice, Jonah, Nathaniel, Ethan, Lily, and I want to thank you all so much for the wonderful gifts, goodies, cards, and good wishes shared with us this Christmas. We are blessed to be a part of this church family, experience your love and grace daily, and we rejoice in the opportunity to share 2016 with you!
See you in church!
Peace and love,