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“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true,” (Revelation 21:5).
Happy New Year, and welcome to 2021. I hope that wherever you are reading this Pastoral Letter from, you are looking towards a fresh start. Because the start of a different year should help us to look forward with a different perspective. The past has gone, and has it says in Isaiah 43:18: “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.”
And has you know this is also true for myself, Mareike and Joel. Circumstances in our personal life means that we are leaving the Circuit towards a new life in Germany. As a Family, we must fully rely on God to help us to discern, not just through Covid19, but also to filter through the effects of Brexit. But we hold unto one vital truth, that Jesus says: “Behold, I create a new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind,” (Isaiah 65:17). That even today after the year 2020, we look forward to a time when the New Year will be permanent.
But I share this reminder to us to look at a fresh start and perspective for another reason. Because I have heard people say in regards to the year before that, “I will be glad to see the back of it.” And then the year after is also filled with uncertainty and circumstances that we cannot change. So, then I ask the question: “What is it people are looking for, relief and security in the here and now? Things to be comfortable and easy within this life?”
But I want to share something with you that might not be easy to hear, “We have no guarantees that things will be easy, and if you are truly in Christ then you are “meant to take up your Cross daily.” The road ahead will be full of ups and downs, but for the follower of Christ we know that the road ahead is narrow, and only a few find it. This is because we are not meant to stay static, we are meant to live everyday like it is a New Year. The Believer in Christ is meant to live one day at a time, forgetting the past, and not worrying about the future. Every day to the Christian is a fresh start.
Therefore, mine and Mareike’s marriage hymn is “Great is thy faithfulness” because of one specific line: “Morning by Morning new mercies I see, all I have needed thy hand as provided.” Because we know in our hearts that no matter what lies ahead, our Father in Heaven is leading our steps. And our prayer is that God will continue to lead your steps no matter what circumstances you face in your life.
Let me finish with Jesus words from Matthew 6:25-26: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”
I hope that this New Year of 2021 we keep reminding ourselves the vital question Christ asks us in Matthew 6 “Are you not of more value than they?” Amen.
Troy, Joseph and Peter.