Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already January 2019!
I hope you had fun over the holidays spending time with your friends and family. However, while many people were celebrating the season, not everyone was enjoying their winter break. For some folks it may actually have been an unhappy occasion.
There’s a time to be born and a time to die, and the latter can be especially hard when it happens at Christmas, the time of Jesus’ birth.
In fact, such timing is quite bittersweet knowing the reason for the season is because Jesus was the ultimate gift to the world. “For God loved us so much that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16-17).
So when our loved ones pass on, even though we’re grieving and miss them terribly, at least we can look forward to our blessed reunion in Heaven.
“Christ came with no goals when it came to Himself. His only goals entailed us. He didn’t come to be fulfilled, but to give Himself. And He did that for me.” —Wade Johnston, professor of theology at Wisconsin Lutheran College
Let’s aim to follow in the footsteps of Jesus this year, and resolve to spend more time thinking of others, rather than only setting goals for things we want to do for ourselves.