As we are approaching the close of another year, we are wondering what it will bring. The year of 2021 wasn’t a very good year. With all the epidemic we have had, many people have died. We have had shortage of toilet paper, paper towels, and shortages of food. There have been higher prices on food, gasoline. Shortages of workers causing businesses to closed down. Schools being closed down. Churches closed down. People staying home and not going back to church. Will next year be better?
What will climate warming bring? Will we continue to have floods and storms? Only God knows what will take place. But we know God will take care of his people who love him and serve him.
How many souls did we win to Christ this past year? How many have we shared the gospel of Christ with? How many people have you blessed with food or clothes? This is what the church is supposed to do.
Isaiah 61 tells us what the church is supposed to do. In another scripture, Jesus tells us that we do for others to do for Christ. Our government is in a mess. Are we praying for them and our leadership? We are supposed to. The government is no longer for the people, by the people.
What do our children have to look forward to? We are surely living in the last of the last days. The church needs to stand up and be the church Christ has called us to be. Jesus is coming back for a church without spot or wrinkle. But will he find the church this way?
We are told the story of the five wise and five foolish virgins. The five foolish missed it. The people of the flood missed it. Only knowing his family were saved. Remember Lot and his family? The blood on the door post? All young boys died that night if the blood hadn’t been applied to the doors.
What is going to happen to us? Are things going to get better in the coming year? If you listen to the news, things look pretty gloomy, but God is still on the throne. He is in control. We will have to put our trust in Jesus, not in this old world. We are not to lean on our own understanding but lean on God’s word.
He will bring us through because Jesus lives, we can face tomorrow. He is a friend you can trust. Seek the face of Jesus. Study his word, say a daily prayer for guidance and his direction. He will guide your path and keep you along in life. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
We must live by faith. Abraham lived by faith. Noah lived by faith. David lived by faith. And God brought them through. He will bring you through if you keep the faith.
I want to say a special thank you to all who have read my servants this past year, for those who have prayed for me and stood with me. May God bless you and hope to be with you in the year of 2022.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Rev. Teresa Reid