With Winter upon us, be aware that any delays or cancellations will be communicated to the Church family through the phone tree and facebook.
Are you glad 2016 is over? For whatever reason, maybe 2016 was not a good year for you or your family. Perhaps you would like a “do-over;” an opportunity to change some of the things which came your way in the last year. The opening lines of a poem by Louisa Fletcher express this plaintive wish:
“I wish that there were some wonderful place
Called the “Land of Beginning Again,”
Where all our mistakes, and all our heartaches,
And all of our poor selfish grief
Could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door,
And never be put on again.”
One of the staples of life is that, in moments of weakness or poor judgment, we say and do wrong, hurtful things. In marriages, friendships, and other relationships, our actions sometimes give offense or cause harm to others. Or we may have sinned against the Lord and be at odds with our own conscience. Wouldn’t it be fine if we could just start over? Turn back the clock, rewind the tape, erase the error, or however you like to think of it. It is what David fervently desired as he cried, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Is there a person anywhere who has not wished for this very thing?
The good news of the gospel of Christ is like discovering a “land of beginning again!” And access to it is easily obtained. Jesus told Nicodemus, “You must be born again.” The new beginning Jesus offers is so thorough that He speaks of it as a new birth, or a rebirth. Paul wrote about it to his Corinthian converts, saying “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
So, if you are looking for an opportunity to “begin again,” the way has been made through Jesus Christ! Happy New Year!