The New Year always holds new hope and promise. As I continue to seek what I call, The Guided Life, a life guided by God, I know that with each new challenge God is guiding me and taking care of me. I have been building up my courage muscles and faith muscles to strengthen my spiritual walk!
My pastor, Dr. Rev. David A. Holyan, gave a sermon entitled, â€œIn the Beginning.â€ Whenever I need encouragement, I pull out this sermon. It is so fitting for the New Year and I wanted to share the closing paragraph with you.
I wish for God to guide you on your journey and that you will be richly blessed in the New Year!
From: â€œIn the Beginningâ€
It seems that we promote religion always toward the negative. â€œYou are a bad person, but if you believe in Jesus you will be made better.â€ But in the beginning of Genesis and the beginning of the Gospel of Mark we hear a different story. We hear about goodness â€“ we hear about changing how we understand the world, and about how God says to all of us â€“ all of us, â€œI love you and I care for you and you are pleasing in my sight.â€ I pray for us as a community of faith in this place, that as we go into the year ahead, we can always remember â€“ not the frustrations that are right in front of us â€“ but the goodness that under girds us, the invitation to see things with new imagination and hope, and to always know â€“ no matter what â€“ we are loved by God. May it be so. Amen.
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