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  • Writer's pictureEmmanuel Lutheran Church

New Year, new opportunities!

Updated: Jan 5, 2022

I am sure, you and I can look back on 2021 and make an evaluation of how the year played out for each of us in our lives. Were there things we wish we would have accomplished, or had on our bucket list, which never came to fruition? Or did we get to do many more things than we had hoped we would be able to? Do we have any regrets that may still be lingering in our minds? Or, can we leave 2021 having no real disappointments on our hearts to start the new year.

At this particular time last year, all of us we were probably considering what the next twelve months might hold in store. As we set ourselves up, for entrance into the new year ahead, what are our expectations, plans, and possibilities? What are you and I using to gage, and establish our mindset, on how to approach 2022? Are we seeking the Lord’s direction as we venture into the unknown? Maybe, we are believing we can traverse through the year simply dealing with circumstances and situations as they present themselves, with no real plan in place.

Holy Scripture clearly reveals to us that the Lord God Almighty is omniscient (all-knowing) and He can see the future which is stretched out before you and me. We also hear these words of wisdom in God’s Word, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

As you and I begin the next year of our lives, let us rely on the help and guidance of the One who has full control over the future. If we are willing to place 2022 into the hands of the Creator, He has promised to be with us whatever my come our way be it good or bad, easy or difficult, joyful or sad. He has guaranteed to never leave us, or forsake us, now or as the days and weeks unfold before us.

As an older and popular Christian song states, “Lord, my life is in your hands and though I may not see clearly, Lord I lift my voice and sing for your love does amazing things, Lord I know my life is in Your hands. I trust You Lord my life is in Your hands. I need You Lord my life is in Your hands.”

Pastor McCarty


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