From the Pastor

From the Pastor’s Pen

God gave us his Spirit. And the Spirit doesn’t make us weak and fearful. Instead, the Spirit gives us power and love. He helps us control ourselves. ~2 Timothy 1:7

Another New Year is upon us. Happy 2022.

Our lives are still inundated with Covid, illnesses, strife, continued violence in our neighborhoods, and general upheaval. Also, within our lives we find hope, joy, love, and peace.
This has been happening since the beginning of time. A paradox of lives lived in a fallen world.
A New Year brings to us a new perspective. May we choose to focus on the side of the coin which brings us affirmation and goodness instead of filth. In our lifetime, we will never be rid of the bad, but we will always be able to refocus on the goodness of God.
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln, who lived with deep depression, used his personal struggle to galvanize the spirit of a nation—to turn the source of his anguish into an invitation to do things differently? To set new priorities. We too can use this year to set new priorities by using our own struggles to refocus, not only ourselves, but those around us.
Although we may not be able to change our circumstances, we can change our attitude. Stand tall, like Abraham Lincoln, and maybe we can all change the spirit of the nation together. Giving our nation a spirit of hope instead of fear would be a great start. Join me in changing us, through the work of the Holy Spirit, so we can change the world.
May this year bring about goodness within us, through us, and around us. A goodness so deep-seated that others stand up and take notice, not of us but of God’s work within us and within the church.

Blessings, Pastor Linda

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