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BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY
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Reflecting on anticipation

-Pastor Fred Webster

   Well, it happened again. December 31 moved into January 1 and a New Year has begun. I hope everyone was ready. If you take a look at your calendar (on your desk, your wall, or on your device) you will see there is a lot of blank space there; days and days with nothing written down. But that changes quickly as we fill in the gaps with birthdays and anniversaries that are a yearly thing. And then there are the holidays that are permanently set and may even been printed in our calendar, like Independence Day or Martin Luther King Day. For church folks, we can fill our calendars with Palm Sunday, Easter & All Saints Day. This doesn’t include school dates or sports schedules or work or other dates to save.
 
  One of the best things about New Year’s anticipations is that we can have an impact on how we experience the New Year. God made us so we can choose to strike a hopeful note and to be positive. I know that seems hard and more than a little scary as we face the revealing of 2019. That being true I think it is important to remember the words of the great theologian Winnie-the-Pooh who once said, “You’re braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think.”
 
Some things I am anticipating in 2019 …
Good times with family & friends
Baptisms
Weddings
Funerals
Cubs World Series
Called General Conference
Study
Sickness
Joy
Sorrow
Anger
Forgiveness
 
  MOST OF ALL … GOD MOVING AND WORKING IN YOU AND ME FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF HIS KINGDOM.
 
  Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.   Isaiah 41:10
 
  Jesus told us, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”   Matthew 28:20
Happy new year!
 
 
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