From The Pastor’s Pen
Let’s ring out the old and press on towards the new. We give thanks to our God for allowing us the privilege of witnessing a new day in a new year. As we launch forward in faith and sail upon the seas of the unknown, our assurance remains in the steady hands of the Great Creator.
The previous year has generated its’ share of troubles and struggles. Many have been the afflictions of the righteous but aren’t you glad that we as believers have a promise? And the promise is that “the Lord delivers him/her out of them all (Ps. 34:19).” Isn’t it comforting to know that the Lord has a compassionate heart towards all of us? The Lord is “the Good Shepherd.” When we put our trust in Him, he remains active in our lives.
Praise God, for his gentle care. Morning by morning there are new mercies that we are allowed to see. It has been the Lord who has provided food, shelter (from the storms of life) as well as a reasonable portion of health and strength. It has been the Lord who has blessed us with loving family members and friends.
Yes, we have had to encounter a dreaded pandemic, racial unrest, social injustice, gun violence and political corruption. Yet, our hope remains firm. The hymn writer Edward Mote pinned these poetic words of inspiration that state: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and rightness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly . . . (I completely) lean, on Jesus name. On Christ the solid rock, I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
My Brothers and Sisters, it a new year but remember, God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. Therefore, don’t be anxious or weary, keep on doing that which is right. For in due season, we shall reap (a harvest of blessings) if we faint not (Gal. 6:9).”
Saints of God, allow me to further suggest the following daily reading found in Psalm 100. I believe that this passage of scripture will provide a refreshing as we journey along together with Christ, during calendar year 2022. Happy New Year to you and your family.
To God Be the Glory,
Pastor David M. Yarber Sr. D. Min.