I want to start by wishing everyone a very happy new year. May 2024 be a blessed year for YOU, It is a wonderful time of year. It is the time of year that we get a chance to start over. To correct all the wrongs, to say good bye to one year and welcome in a new Year, a chance to correct what we didn’t get right, and rededicate ourselves to becoming the people that we want to be.
Then we have those dreaded new year resolutions that people try to make themselves new. To correct all the things that they do not like about themselves. All of these things are to accomplish one thing -to give you a chance to fix all the things that are ‘wrong’ and to do the things that will make you better. It is the chance to become the person that you really want to be. The old military tag line comes to mind. ‘Be all that you can be”.
Isn’t this what Christmas is all about? Christ entered into our world to give all of us the chance to start over. The chance to continue working at becoming his disciples. Our faith journey , is made up of a lot of new beginnings and moments to grow. Christ came as a little baby in a manger. A non threatening leader , a little baby that most people would not even take notice of . Christ came to enter into our life in a new way, to give us the chance at our new beginning. May God bless you and walk with you through this new year.
As we end another calendar year and begin a new one, may we continue to look to our almighty Savior Jesus Christ and ask what He wants us to do and accomplish for him in the next year. Were does he need us to make a difference, and what is it that will bring him the most glory?
I also want to take the time to thank everyone for all the thoughts, prayers and gifts. Our family appreciates each and everyone of them . May God’s will be done.
May The Lord Bless and Keep You,
Rev. Stephen W. Barch