Dear Church Family,
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Since 1982 one of my holiday activities has been writing the family Christmas letter. I usually begin by going back a few years and reading what we did at that time. Reading these letters from the past always helps me to see just how much God has blessed us. It's nice to spend time looking at what was and not worrying about all that is happening in our world today or fretting over what will come our way in a new year. Then I remember the words of Isaiah: "do not dwell on the past". The Apostle Paul expressed this same instruction to the church in Philippi when he wrote: I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3: 12 NLV)
Recently I read an anonymous quote that said, "The best way to predict the future is to create it." At our church retreat in October we began creating our future in 2016. Accepting these prescriptions will mean some changes here at Winterstown UMC in 2016. The reason for these changes is to help us be better at making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Change can be very scary for some people. They are the ones who cling to the past with words like: "we've never done it that way before" or "we've always done it this way." I must confess that I too have been heard saying those phrases from time to time. Then God reminds me that I do not face the challenges of change by myself. I have a companion who says, "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." It is this knowledge that allows us to face change with confidence. As we begin this New Year, let us ask God for a spirit of wisdom and discernment that we might be able to perceive all the new things that God is doing among us.
Walk in faith,
Dear Church Family,