We presently are celebrating the 12 days of Christmas! As you worshipped Christmas Eve you probably sang "O Little Town of Bethlehem" with the verse "O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today... O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!" These are powerful words of confession, renewal, and invitation for God Himself to take control and guide our lives.
So seven days later we find that today is the last day of the year! Resolutions to change and improve are on the minds of many. Some want to lose weight or gain a more muscular physique, others want to find a different job or living arrangement. Some wish to make new friends or rekindle old friendships. We want to turn over a new leaf and start a lasting beneficial change for an improved future. Congratulations on grand plans.
Remember the commitment or recommitment you voiced Christmas Eve, inviting your Lord Emmanuel to abide with you. He took you at your invitation and expectantly waits for your conscious invitation to draw closer to your Lord Jesus. Improve your everlasting relationship with your Creator, and now Savior, with your resolution tonight!
Talk over your plans, your wishes, your desires with Him. Read your Bible asking for Jesus' direction and guidance. You will be amazed at the thoughts that come, drawing you closer into a deeper relationship with your everlasting Friend and Savior. Get ready for your glorious, heavenly future this night... this year, by spending time with God through studying His Scripture, joining in regular worship with others, and serving God's interest by helping others for Jesus' sake.
Then this time next year, your Christian physique will be quite a blessing for others and yourself to experience. And all your other resolutions and desires will be satisfying because of seeking first the kingdom of God.
Have a blessed new year!
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Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week's column comes from Rev. Roger Yoder, pastor of the Liberty, Dunnstown, and Swissdale United Methodist congregations.