Think back to a time when you did NOT get the Christmas present that you were really hoping for. Maybe it was a Red Rider BB gun or a toy from your youth, maybe it was something more significant like an engagement ring or some other expression of love, or maybe it was seeing the one person you missed the most. Many of us have experienced some kind of disappointment during the holiday season. But as we continue through these first weeks of the New Year I hope that we can hear these words and be filled with praise:
“God does not give us everything we want, but God does fulfill all God’s promises, i.e., God remains the Lord of the earth, God preserves the Church, constantly renewing our faith and not laying on us more than we can bear, gladdening us with Divine nearness and help, hearing our prayers, and leading us along the best and straight paths to holiness. By God’s faithfulness in doing this, God creates in us praise for God alone.” (Bonhoeffer, Letter and Papers from Prison p 206)
God is faithful to who God is and God’s faithfulness includes a deep and abounding love for all of God’s Children. My prayer for each of us in the New Year is that we might stand firm on the promises of God and be filled with praise for God alone in order that all might come to know of his love and grace.
– Will Lauderback
Published on Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 2:13 PM EDT