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Pastor’s Corner Rev. Gideon Gallo, pastor, Gladbrook United Methodist Church Gladbrook, Iowa-Another Year

February 1, 2019
Northern-Sun Print
Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 Another year has cast its shadow against the backdrop of eternity, and the firm hand of God-I believe, has written another chapter in our world. Like knots in a sailor’s rope, sand through an hourglass or fenceposts beside the highway, the coming of a New Year is a marker in the journey of life. And apostle Paul gives us some guidelines how to make the most in facing a New Year: Forget. “Remember” is a militant cry but some things are better forgotten, like your mistakes and failures. Forget your sorrows and disappointments; they only grow heavier with each year. Some folks live in a world of broken pieces and constantly dwell on their hurts and how they’ve been wronged. All of these can be put behind. Remember Other Things. In God’s Word, we are told to remember about twice as many things as we are told to forget. In Deuteronomy Moses wrote, “Remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you” (Deut. 8:2). Do you remember how God led you this past year? David also gave the same advice: “Remember the days of old” (Ps. 143:5). Remember when you were sick, when you were hospitalized, and God met you in your illness or sickness? Remember when your son or daughter was in trouble and God heard your prayers? Or when you were broke and unemployed and God sent a gift to meet your need? Now if God met your needs yesterday, you can believe Him for today! He knows your needs far better than even you do, and He knows when to answer your prayers and when it’s best to let you learn patient trust. Finally, press forward with the Lord. Problems and pressures will do one of two things; they will drive you further from the Lord or gently push you towards Him. It all depends on where you put yourself in relationship to the problem. We don’t know what the year may bring. But when we hold the hand of God who holds the world, there is no need to be fearful and anxious. Hope in God and you will have a Blessed New year!



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