“Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters… : Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:16-19
Happy New Year from Pastor Bob and I, and all of the staff here at St. Paul! As we enter each new year many people make “resolutions” to do something, or to not do something. Many of these are reruns of the failed resolutions of years past – diet, exercise, quit smoking, etc. Don’t get me wrong, these are all good things; but doing them again in the same old way for the same old reasons will, most likely, end the same way it did last time.
If you are trying again to do something good for yourself, GREAT; do it in a new way, find a new motivation AND whatever you do, DO NOT look back at your past failures.
As we enter this new year I invite you to pray about and then really listen for the NEW THING God wants to do through you, for you, in your life, or in our church and community. Maybe it is time for you to take a Bible study class; maybe you have an idea for a new ministry or fellowship group in the church that we can help you start; or maybe you are ready to go to Ecuador or Biloxi or to chaperon a youth event. We can’t tell you what it is; that is up to you and God to figure out; but we can help you with discernment – the process of listening for God and making a prayerful decision.
Whatever the NEW THING may be for you in 2014 we offer you this prayer: “God, we may not be ready for your NEW THING, but we know it is coming and we will do our best to be open to it. Help us to see it, help us to embrace it, and to dive in with our whole selves. Let us be filled with the Holy Spirit and unafraid as we step into your future. In Jesus beautiful name, “Emmanuel,” we pray. Amen!”
Peace and blessings for 2014,