posted Dec 28, 2013, 12:48 PM by Linda Dickinson
Elmwood Family and Friends,
As 2013 comes to a close and as 2014
stretches out before us like a mountain path that is freshly covered with snow,
without a single footprint yet upon it, let’s look back for a few moments and
then look ahead a bit.
let us stop and give thanks to the Lord Jesus for His grace, mercy and love
demonstrated so consistently and faithfully throughout this past year.
How the Lord loves you and delights in you. How good He has been to us
this past year. He is faithful and true. No matter how
difficult things may have been at times He has kept His promise to never leave
us or forsake us. He truly is Immanuel – God with us! It is
important for us as the people of God to always give thanks and praise.
It is important for us to continuously be mindful of His blessings.
Hebrews 12:1b challenges us with the words, “let us throw off everything that
hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Have you ever run in a
three legged race? It is tough going when you are tied to someone else
and you are desperately trying to run as fast as you can. The Holy Spirit
is calling us to run in freedom and forgiveness this year. It is time to
stop dragging the hindrances of life along with us day by day, the unhealthy
patterns and habits that keep us from being who the Father designed and made us
to be, in fact He calls us to throw these things off as well as the sin that
tangles our lives up and to run with abandonment and freedom the race of life
Hebrews 12:1c instructs us to “run with perseverance the race marked out for
us.” We need to enter the new year with
a renewed sense of expectation. Is not our God the Great I Am? Is
He not the Alpha and the Omega? Does He not go before us and make a way
for us? Knowing this helps us run with all we’ve got on the path before
us this year! Be careful to not let your love grow cold or fall into
complacency or apathy. Those are the ways of the world, the flesh, and
the devil. We must persevere. Jesus calls us to lose our lives as
servants of all as we enter the full adventure of the abundant life.
the Holy Spirit points us to Jesus in Hebrews 12:2, “Let us fix our eyes on
Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” As we step onto that
untrodden path of the new year we do not face the days alone. How
wonderful it is that Jesus goes before and that as we fix our eyes on Him we go
forth with courage and boldness. As we continually consider the sacrifice
and commitment of our Lord and savior it helps us so that we do not grow weary
and lose heart.
“I will lead them in paths that they
have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked
things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake
them.” Isaiah 42:16
Together, all for Him,
PS A very special word of thanks
for the kind expressions of appreciation during Pastor’s Appreciation Month,
the overwhelming surprise birthday greetings and gifts as I turned 60, and the
lovely Christmas and New Year’s gifts and greeting to Kai and me. We are