The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
The love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
At a recent meeting someone told of seeing a social media post exclaiming “Everybody thinks 13 is an unlucky number. People are afraid of the number 666. But from now on, neither of those numbers will invoke the fear that 2020 will bring to people’s minds.”
It has indeed been a tough year hasn’t it? One thing on top of another. And we still have three months to go!
Another friend said to me that in the face of all that is happening to us in 2020, that her faith has been sorely tested. She has come to the end of her own strength. She cannot see God working in the world around her. She has come to the point where all she can do is believe. Believe that God will somehow bring us through, that God somehow has a plan, that God somehow is in control.
Yet, I wonder if that isn’t exactly where God wants us to be. Doesn’t God spend much of our lives trying to teach us that indeed we cannot depend upon our own strengths? Isn’t part of God’s purpose to get us to the point where all we really depend upon is Him.
And so here is my question my friends. Is it possible that when we look back on 2020, in addition to all the catastrophes and loss and injustice that we have faced, might we also remember it as a year that we were closer to God than ever before? Might we look back on 2020 as a year when our prayers were more heartfelt, our faith tested more deeply, our dependence upon God greater than ever before?
We have three more months to make that the positive legacy of 2020. Cling to God, believe even when all the evidence may point to God forgetting us. Hope in God even when everything seems to be falling apart. That is faith my friends. That is the deep, deep faith that believes, and hopes, and perseveres when all else crumbles around us. Let’s make that the legacy of 2020, truly a year to remember.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you.
May the Lord lift up His countenance to you and give you peace,
Now and forever. Amen