Pastor’s January 2018 Article

My family and I want to thank all of you for the wonderful Christmas gift! God continues to use all of you as a blessing.

I know It’s January and I should probably write an about resolutions. You may have a list, perhaps a long list, of potential resolutions to choose from, but I’m all done with resolutions.

This article won’t help with your resolutions or mine. Most of my resolutions haven’t gone too well. I might stick to them for a while, and then end up settling into old familiar patterns. Instead of resolutions for 2018, I offer a prayer.

Throughout January we will focus on Paul’s letter to the Colossians. You can read through this letter in less than ten minutes, and can probably read it in about five. I encourage you to take time to read. More than once if you can.

Paul begins his letter by sharing his prayer for the Colossians. Paul writes:

9 For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Instead of broken resolutions, I echo Paul’s prayer that we would be filled with the fullness of life in Jesus. May we live in Him, following him, bearing fruit in all we do as we grow in the knowledge of God. I pray that we would be made strong in Jesus and be able to face, with patience and joy, whatever this coming year brings. And may we be filled in awe and gratitude of the blessings we have in Jesus!

I’ll close this article with another prayer. St. Teresa of Avila carried this prayer around in her prayer book as a bookmark. The prayer was found after her death. I believe this prayer provides a great foundation for the New Year:

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

May you find living these prayers to be a source of transformation, love, and joy throughout 2018!