Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ!
Best wishes for a happy and blessed New Year! The end of one year and the beginning of another is often a time to look back at what has been, and also to look into the future at what will be. Looking back may involve happiness and fond memories, but it may also involve regret or sadness. This is true for all of us, and true for St. Paul’s as a church community.
The year 2014 brought many changes to St. Paul’s—myself included! There are many things to look back on in 2014 with great joy: the beginning of the 250th Anniversary, wonderful guest preachers and programs, a successful capital campaign, new members, many great events at the church. The list could go on for quite a while!
Looking forward to 2015 brings the promise of more to come: the continuation and culmination of the 250th Anniversary, new families and baptisms, an exciting summer with VBS and a National Youth Gathering, some faithful events that happen every year, and some new and exciting things we may not even know about yet!
Often, our looking forward at the New Year involves making resolutions, promises to ourselves about how we are going to live our lives. I’ve made a few in my own life, and it is often a good and helpful way to hold ourselves accountable. But resolutions often end up being broken—not always, but a lot. We often break promises to ourselves more easily than those we have made to others. Most of us know the pain that broken promises can bring into our lives.
But as we begin the year 2015, moving forward from past mistakes and pains and looking forward to future joy and hope, we can always remember the promises of God, which are never broken. The promise of a Savior to redeem the nations, made at Advent and fulfilled through th Christmas story, is a promise that still holds true for us today. And it is a promise that we carry into the future with us.
So, as we look with joy and expectation to this New Year, 2015, let us remember not just our own
promises to ourselves and others, but the promises of God to bring new life once again, and to
guide us all our days.