Good-bye 2020!

“to put off your old self,​ ​which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24 (ESV)


If I had to sum up 2020, I really do not know what I would say. I mean, COVID-19 changed the way we live our lives, possibly for good! I never thought I would need to walk around with a mask on my face to protect my life. After all, that does not happen in the United States, right? Well, sadly this has been our reality for nearly a year now.

This situation has also caused companies to do business like they have never done before. Paying people to work at home, turning away thousands of customers, laying off millions of employees, and fighting with people who choose not to wear their masks. What a mess!

Consequently, because of all the changes I have seen resulting from COVID alone, I have witnessed small on-line businesses emerge. Dreams of owning a business has become a reality for many to support their families. People have changed professions because of layoffs, or simply adjusting to life with COVID.

Celebrities began hosting concerts via ZOOM or other social media platforms. Churches have moved away from traditional worship service, which has pushed many into the 21st Century. People have connected with family members and friends on a completely different level. Parents are spending more time with their children since they are no longer in school. Young children have learned what distant learning is all about, and teachers are no longer working from their classrooms.

There were some very good things that came out of 2020 as well. I have personally witnessed friends and colleagues accomplish wonderful things this year. I personally have many accomplishments of my own. We have our first woman to serve as Vice President of the United States. Irrespective of what your political affiliation, this is a win for everyone. Or at least it should be.

As we prepare for 2021 which is only a few days away, I encourage you to welcome it with open arms. Walk boldly into the new year with a heart of triumph because you are here. Despite all that has happened in 2020 you are still standing, and you are standing strong! I am not sure what kind of relationship you had with JESUS in 2020, I pray it will be a renewed one as you walk forward in 2021. We do not know what next year will bring, but we know for sure it is coming, and we have no choice but to prepare for it. What will your preparation look like? You do not have to prepare for it alone, because JESUS will prepare us for it, and HE will see us through it.

I always loved the new year because with it comes an opportunity to reflect on the good and make right the not so good. It does not matter who you are or what you do, I am almost certain if you reflect over 2020, you will find one thing, one decision, one direction, etc., that you wish you could do over. The beautiful thing about the coming of a new year is that you can. It is your official do-over!

2020 offered different things for different people, but we can all hold our heads up and walk into 2021 victorious!

I encourage you, if you have not done so already to take a moment and read my blogs over the past year as I am certain they will bring a smile to your heart. They offer encouragement and love irrespective of what you went through this year.

JESUS loves you and HE will be there for you next year as HE has always been. Be sure to open your heart to make room for HIM. Renew, restore, revitalize your relationship with HIM. The only constant we have is in HIM!

May God bless you!

In his service,

Reverend Marshall

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