A year of sorrow and happiness. Joy and disappointment. New friends and friends who are no longer with us.
This year has been a whirlwind of events and emotions. But through it all God has been the same. I see so many things on social media that say that 2016 was the worst year yet; that people can’t wait for this year to be over. And I agree that there were some rough days or weeks or even months throughout this year but there were a lot of amazing times as well.
Throughout everything God was the center and He still is. When someone was going through something tragic or hard, we as a church family, would be right by their side to pray with them and help them in any way. This year has shown me the strength and unity that we have as Christians and as a church family. When one person hurts, we all hurt. When one person is rejoicing, we all rejoice.
If I had to do 2016 over again I would not change a thing except for the loss of two dear friends this year. John Martinez and Matt Limas who will forever have a place in all our hearts. Yes losing you was tragic and we may not know why the Lord called you home so soon but because of this you have brought the church together very close this year. I don’t know why death brings unity to a family but it does. May your strong faith in God inspire us everyday to live out the Lord’s will.
This year had a lot of twist and turns but that just means that our savior Christ Jesus is coming soon. We don’t know when He will return but as long as we’re still waiting, let’s make the most of the last few hours of 2016 and let’s look towards the future in hopes of seeing our Lord again. I pray that the Lord would protect you tonight and always! God bless! ❤
“For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, And her salvation as a lamp that burns. The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the LORD will name. You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem In the hand of your God.” ~ Isaiah 62:1-3