Thursday, December 31, 2020

SCRIPTURE:  He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.
Revelation 21:6 (NIV)

My times are in your hands.
If there is any day in the year when we look at time, it’s New Year’s Eve. Whether your celebration of the passage from 2020 to 2021 is with family, a group of friends or a virtual group on Zoom, we will all be examining the year past and looking ahead to the year to come. 
This has been a year like no other. I will leave to the news analysts and film editors the task of putting together the year in review. Quotes from Dr. Fauci and our President will highlight those moments as they pass before us on our TV screens. We will look at what we’ve learned about ourselves, our government and our society. What we have learned and what we have yet to learn will be part of that challenge.
Let’s look at our relationship with God. How has that changed through the challenges of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement? How has our prayer life grown through these concerns? Have we relied on God more for what we think and what we do from day to day? Have we opened up more to the needs of our neighbors? Have we evaluated our actions in the light of the scripture? Have we brought our worries and fears to the foot of the Cross and truly left them there? 
Will we resolve to make our relationship with God more meaningful in 2021? How will we apply the lessons our Lord has taught us during the past year to help us grow into tomorrow? Will we resolve to study the Word so that we can better inform our faith and life? For myself, I see I have much work still to do.
PRAYER: Omnipresent God, Christ our Lord, Holy Spirit: Guide our steps as we walk with you from this year into the next. Encourage us to drink from the spring of the water of life. Bring us ever closer to you and your will for our lives. All glory be to YOU. Amen.
Sue Uzelmeier
St. John's Ivyland
820 Almshouse Road
Ivyland, PA 18974
Rev. Brad Leight, Pastor