A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
June 30, 2020
January 1, 2020
Can it be 2020?!
As a teenager I remember a song entitled “In the year 2525” and though it is a year I will not greet on this earth, the song intrigued me. Its lyrics spoke of a world that would be very different from what we have come to know. It begins; “In the year 2525, if man is still alive, if woman can survive they may find;” and the writer goes on to tell of a world where people no longer eat, they just take pills, they no longer need a husband or a
wife, they can pick sons and daughters from the bottom of a long glass tube. They were ominous words about how far humanity will go – or not.
The older I get, the more it seems that writers of that song may have been prophetic of a time to come. And that is not pleasing to think about. Yet in our shared faith in Jesus, there is no need for fear or worry. Rather, we can be a people of hope for we walk by faith, faith in Jesus Christ who promised to be with us all until the end of the age; an age that may well be far beyond 2525. Each January as we greet a new year we tend to reflect on the year that has passed and remember both the good days and the difficult days. We rejoice in blessings and we leave to memory the times we had with others as we celebrated milestones; birthdays, weddings, promotions, graduations and anniversaries. We also look back on days when loved ones who have passed now, were with us then.
The recalling of the events of our lives can bring joy, pain, laughter, sorrow, anxiety and peace, it seems all at the same time.
So how do we look to the future? Do we look to the coming year and anticipate good times or difficulties that we may
have to navigate? As we look to our future, we can, as Christians, look with a sure and certain hope that God will see us through it all. That God will be there with us as we enjoy life and God will be there with us when we struggle,
even when we feel as though we have been given too much to handle.
Let us be mindful of the people in our midst who may be struggling to look forward with joy. Let us make ourselves available to those who need a friend to talk to or a helping hand. Let us begin a new year committed to making a
difference in the lives of others. Let us in thanksgiving for how we have been blessed reach out to those who need to be reminded of God’s love through our words, actions and attitudes. The potential that lies in that, is the potential to make the world a better place and by that we will be blessed in ways unknown to us this day. And as we begin a new year once again, may we know the presence of God with us. Always. Let us resolve to sharing God’s love with one another.