Here’s my first shot at blogging! A New Year’s resolution of sorts! You know it’s here… so…
Happy New Year! Can you believe it? Another year past! There have been joys, right? And I’m sure there have been tears as well!
Have you heard the story of two little teardrops floating down the stream of life? One said to the other, “Who are you?” It replied, “I am a teardrop from a woman who loved a man and lost him. Who are you?” The first replied, “Well, I am a teardrop from the woman who got him!”
Life is like that. We cry over things we can’t have. If we only knew it, we would probably cry more if we had received them. I think Paul had the right idea when he wrote, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Phil. 4:11) Paul could say this because he knew that whatever the situation, God’s love for him would never fail.
What great news! We enter this new year knowing that all things will work together for the good of those who love Him because He first loved us! Every moment of 2017 will be a blessing because it will be under the God who didn’t spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all! Certainly He will give us all things needful!
Let go of the anxiety! Let go of the fear! Look to Jesus! In Him our past is forgiven, our present is blessed and our future is assured.
My dear mother had a saying. So much came easily to her, especially cooking and art. She was wonderfully creative at both. Not I! Frustrated by my inability to come up with an idea for an art assignment, I would turn to her for help. “Here’s an idea son. Try doing it this way… Easy as a snap” as she would then snap her fingers. She was right. It would be “easy as a snap.”
I was reminded of mom as I watched a feat that involved finger snapping. From the expression on Satoyuki Fujimura’s face, his accomplishment was not as easy as a snap. This Japanese university student set a new Guiness World Record for the most finger snaps in 60 seconds. He surpassed the previous record – 178 snaps per minute – while taping an episode of the TV show Tantei Knightscoop. Simply amazing as he snapped his fingers, the sound of each snap clear and crisp, slowing down at the end with his 296th snap. While it involved finger snaps, it was definitely not as easy as a snap.
Much of life is not as easy as a snap. In our lives and in our work together as part of Christ’s body the church, I will be the first to admit that significant hard work is involved. On February 26th, Holy Faith celebrates her 55th anniversary. From the founding fathers and mothers down to the present day, many have worked together to carry out our mission of “Sharing God’s Love through Our Holy Faith!” But all of the building of faith at Holy Faith has been built upon Jesus Christ our Lord. He has empowered and continues to make possible the work of faith for these 55 years. Come and celebrate with us. The celebration begins at 9:15 a.m., with a potluck lunch to follow. At the luncheon we will also dedicate the newly refurbished kitchen that God has blessed us with. The work of salvation, certainly not as “easy as a snap”, required the death of God’s Son, Jesus. And the sharing of that Good News is the most rewarding and gratifying work folks could ever have! It’s kingdom work that has forever importance! Pastor Craig