The Pastor's Peace - January, 2013
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If you are reading this, the world did not end on December 21st, as many a doomsday follower suggested it might due to ancient Mayan calendars. So we have gotten to 2013 and avoided apocalypse, hurrah! If that’s not a reason to celebrate the New Year, than I don’t know what is. Of course sometimes celebration is difficult. 2012 has been a challenging year in so many ways, with losses here at home, natural disasters, and national tragedies. We might be scared to think about what 2013 will bring if 2012 was so bad. Such fear is not unwarranted, but there were also many good things that happened this past year, examples of love, kindness, and joy. Can we not hope for more of this in the New Year as well?

After Jesus ascended into heaven and the church was left waiting for his return, many were frightened. People at first thought Christ would return immediately, and then He did not. There were those who were worried about the challenges they would face while they waited, and those who worried about calamities and judgment that would happen upon Christ’s return.
During this time in the early church Paul would write letters to different congregations trying to help them through issues and reassuring them about their faith. In a letter to the Corinthians he reminds them of three eternal things they can count on in times of difficulty, and those are faith, hope, and love, with love being most important.

As we enter 2013 there might again be tragedies and great difficulties, but we do not face them alone; we face them together. If we take Paul’s advice and rely on faith, hope, and love, then we can together weather any storm. For me it is my faith in God that helps me to see something greater in the future, this leads to hope, which reminds me to hope for things not yet seen, and love is what gets me out of bed in the morning and makes life worthwhile. I do hope that 2013 is a better year not only for you and me, but for the entire world as well. I know no matter what the year brings, however, we will have each other and we will be together in Christ.

Peace and Happy New Year,
Pastor Brian