First off, I want to extend my deepest gratitude and appreciation for the generosity of this congregation during the Christmas season. Your gifts are much appreciated. Your love shines through and brightens my days.
I am writing this as we approach a new year and a new beginning. I think most of us would agree that 2020 was not the best year. We did, however, make it through. Sometimes, I wonder how. Grace is a word that comes to mind, God’s grace. It is our faith that pushes us forward, even in the darkest of times. I recall a banner that hung in a church I once served. It read, “Faith is walking up to the edge of all the light you have and taking one more step.” I am certain that this pandemic, the ongoing mess in Washington D.C., the issues of systemic racism, political differences, acts of violence, and other things that create the darkness around us, can never overcome the light that shines forth through God’s love. When I was about eight years old, our neighbor, a retired minister, gave me my first Bible. On the inside cover he wrote several Scriptures, and I have always remembered one in particular. From Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hold on to this promise. I look forward to a better year in 2021.
On a final note, I will be on vacation from January 23rd to February 6th. I appreciate the time you have granted for renewal and rest. God’s peace be with you all.