Resolved for Life

Two December images from my yard. One shows the angel I made with joy as the snow covered the lawn and driveway and the other is the last remnants of the December snows, which a few days earlier had been my five foot tall snowperson.

Standing up after waving my arms in the freshly fallen snow I saw the familiar image of a snow angel. But being the Christmas season I paused to think about the shepherds in the fields who were overwhelmed with the great assembly of heaven forces, who joined God’s angel in declaring:

“Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace among whom He favors.”

You see a child was born … in a manger … a star guided these sweaty, hard-working men to the place where their savior, a new born baby, was lying. He is the Christ.

Oh wait, you know the story? Have you shared it with someone lately? The shepherds did; they returned to their place of work glorifying and praising God. After all it was Christmas and Santa had not yet been invented so all they had to celebrate was Jesus the Christ, the Son of God.

As this year begins how are you remembering Christmas? Is it about Santa? The food? Great times with family and friends? Or did you use the time to once again find new life energies in your relationship with Jesus the Christ, the Son of God?

Another New Year’s ball drop frankly makes me feel older and reflective on life. My clock is ticking and in the coming days I will be resolved to live each day to its fullest potential.

My friends, Christians have been given great gifts by God. The first gift obviously is Jesus, but then God gives us abilities and talents to do God’s work on earth, which is wrapped up nicely in God’s directive to us to bring others home to God. So are you resolved for life to use your talents for God? To use your days doing what Jesus taught rather than acting the way that the world wants?

As I watched my snowperson melt away before Christmas I was proud that it was the last remnants of snow on Woodland Avenue… but still it melted away. When we only talk about Jesus as part of the Christmas story but our friends and family don’t know Jesus is alive in us throughout the year it’s like having our faith melt away with each passing day after Christmas. Soon our friends won’t remember that we ever mentioned Jesus, even though we remember.

Very soon our new Bible study will begin. We are studying Hebrews and I want to encourage each of you to seriously consider joining the study. You can do it at home using the ZOOM conferencing app or you can come to church.  Hebrews is about faith and life; it has lessons for all of us.

Hear the angels call my friends …

“Let’s run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us.  Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, and fix our eyes on Jesus.”
–(Hebrews 12: 1-2)

There is work to be done for God … for Jesus. Love to be displayed and hate to be taken down. There are poor individuals needing care and strangers seeking welcome. Red Bird calls us in August, Family Promise in February, we are seeking record numbers in Vacation Bible School, and each Sunday we have the opportunity to bring friends to church. Be resolved for life to use the abilities God has blessed you with to take on God’s work.

HAPPY NEW YEAR … be blessed wherever life’s journey takes each of us in the coming days!

Pastor Dave