Here we are at the end of yet another year, the Year of Our Lord, 2018. For many it has been a year filled with joy, great accomplishments and happiness and for others a year filled with fear, anxiety and deep sadness. Every day is like that, it is part of our human condition. Our lives are constantly in motion, fluid, changing from day to day, minute to minute some times. There are times we can truly enjoy the ride and other times that we can barely handle the pain and grief.
Where then are we to find peace and joy? To whom can we turn to calm our fears, to guide our steps, to share the joy or to help us find peace? ONLY IN JESUS CHRIST! As Jesus taught us, he is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
With those words Jesus was inviting us to become one with his Father, for all time.
As we begin this New Year of the Lord, 2019, I invite you to think about your relationship with God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. How often do you call upon God? Only when you need a favor? Only when you are in despair? Do you share your joy and accomplishments with God? Do you depend on him when you need a good friend, someone to understand you? Do you ask him to be with you, to make his presence known to you daily? We call this prayer.
We need God more than God needs us. We need the incredible love of God to strengthen us for our life’s journey with all of its ups and downs, all of its sadness and joys. Talk to God often; even many times a day. Make God your constant companion for it is there that you will find peace and joy, love and hope. Have faith, through the promise of Jesus Christ that God is with you always. Then live life abundantly, loving and forgiving and sharing God’s love with others. Be joy-filled and peaceful.
Many of us may be thinking about making those famous New Year’s resolutions, you know, the ones that we begin with all good intention, the ones that research shows have usually left our minds by mid- February. We lose interest. We move on to something more exciting or we simply
forget. We cannot afford to do that when we make a commitment to draw closer to God in prayer. Relying on God for continued strength, we can look forward to nurturing our relationship with him. Let us pray asking God to hear us and thanking God for his presence in our lives. Let us begin the New Year with hearts open to deepening our relationship with God. We can only imagine how we might be blessed.
Happy New Year!
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