Greeting to all in the precious name of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
“And My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians: 4 : 19) . “He how did not spare His own son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? “ (Romans: 8: 32).
The beginning of every New Year finds many people making resolutions to improve their lives. Some people make a resolution to strengthen their financial standing. Others resolve to lose weight or stop a bad habit. And there are many people who express the desire to improve their relationship with others, to help those who are in need, or to follow some other lofty goal in life.
After making such resolutions at the beginning of a new year, within a few weeks, such resolutions are broken or forgotten and life returns to normal. During the subsequent months, little attention is given to broken resolutions which, by the end of the year, have been thoroughly forgotten.
In the Gospel according to St. Mark: 1: 15 Jesus preached the message of repentance. The very heart of the Gospel may be summed up in this single word repent. To be a follower of Christ means willing to change our minds, our hearts and our lives and resolve to discern the will of God and live accordingly.
Resolving to live according to God’s will and the example we have been given by our Lord, is something that is not restricted to the beginning of a new year, but every day of our lives. We are challenged to embrace change by growing in faith through participating in the worship life of the church. As we begin every new day, let us pray that our repentance will bring us into a more intense relationship with our Lord, with others and with ourselves, not seeking to accomplish our will, but the will of our heavenly father.
The beginning of the New Year offers us an opportunity to pursue a new beginning, to transform our commitment into action. Making the resolution to repent is a challenge to be renewed in body and soul every day of our lives and focus on God.
We are blessed with the beginning of a new year. In thanksgiving let us remain faithful in doing the will of God. The Lord is with us at every moment and in every circumstance giving guidance to grow in and with Him in the days to come.
Wish you all a Happy and prosperous New Year.
Yours in Christ