If you are reading this, you’re alive. If you are reading this, you have survived one of the most difficult years that I have ever seen in my lifetime. In one year, we have experienced so much death and tragedy. 2020 showed us uncertainty, political chaos, civil unrest, economic instability, and more. Although the pandemic has not ended, and there is still unrest in our nation, for this moment we should just pause, breathe, and thank God that we made it to see a new year!
Because this isn’t a Christian publication, I am sure that there are some who may read this and not share our faith. I cannot promise you that this year will be better. I cannot promise you that the civil unrest will suddenly stop, that the pandemic will come to an end, or even the economic uncertainty will suddenly turn around. However, I can promise you that you can have peace in the midst of it all through Jesus Christ. This peace is not only a blessing here on earth, but for eternity (John 3:16; John 14:27; Isa. 26:3). I can promise you that with Jesus, your anxieties can be overcome with peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:4-8), a peace that only He can give and no one will ever be able to take it away (John 16:33), and that every trial or struggle you face will work for your good (Rom. 8:28).
And for the Believer, this is the time to be the example that Christ instructed us to be in Matthew 5, where He told us that we were the light of the world. The world is seemingly in a dark place, and now is the time to allow our lights to shine. Due to the differences in political ideologies, response to the pandemic, etc., it appears that the body of Christ is divided. I believe that this grieves the Holy Spirit. So, this is a charge for us to stand united, and focus on discipleship and impacting the Kingdom of God. Let us build each other with our words (Col. 4:6). Let us pursue peace and show the world how to love our neighbors (Heb. 12:14; Mark 12:31). Let us be considerate of others (Phil. 2:4), and let us allow love to reign supreme as we pray for healing for our valley and our nation (1 Cor. 13:4-7; John 13:35).
This is a new year, which to me signifies a new opportunity. If nothing else, the year 2020 has taught us quite a few things. But I believe that instead of being bitter, we have emerged better. My prayer is that we take this opportunity to allow God to turn tragedy into triumph, and that revival sweeps this valley.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful (Col. 3:15).