January 2015

   As we begin a new year it seems from my perspective there is not as much celebration going on among us. As a pastor for several years now I can tell you there is ebb and flow in life. Sometimes we ride a beautiful gentle wave that takes us where we want to be with a quiet breeze pushing us along the way. In those times even when the waves pick up, it’s a fun ride and an exciting new adventure. Lately however I have witnessed a lot of rough waters some of our families and individuals are riding on. Some of the families I haven’t seen as often lately or just don’t seem as engaged with others, I come to find out are really being beaten up by life these days. As we enter the New Year they are worried about much bigger issues than resolving to not eat chocolate this year. They are trying to hold on to their health, marriage, their kids, their jobs and so forth.

   If you are one of those families, my verse for you this year is Lamentations 3:22,23, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail, they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Don’t just “hang in there”, don’t just “get back on that horse”, or “try try again”. Every day with the Lord is an opportunity to begin with a clean slate. You have a God who loves you, is compassionate and faithful. Don’t run from Him, run to Him every morning. For those doing better, reach out with that kind of compassion to those hurting.

                                     May God bless each of us this

                                       New Year, we need it!

                                           Pastor Kirk