Look Beyond What is……!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

Here we are nearing the end of November, planning Thanksgiving dinner, about to jump full swing into the Holiday frenzy. Many of us are wondering how Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner will look this year.

· Will we have Christmas parties?

· Will there be a New Year’s Celebration!

· How many friends and family members will we host at our house over the holiday season?

· How safe will we be, considering the growing number of red zones?

· How do we work in the period of quarantine after traveling in our plans?

Oh, The questions! The anxiety! The uncertainty!

Give yourself some credit? Look how resourceful you have become since the pandemic began.

You have already accomplished more than you ever dreamed of. You have found new ways to connect with family and friends. You have found safer ways to earn a living. Some of you have started that business you wanted to start. Others’ wrote books that were living inside of them. Then there are those who completed projects that laid dormant for years. Some found new loves. While others rekindled old ones. Zoom became a permanent staple in our lives.

Most importantly, we have grown closer to our heavenly Father. We stopped taking so many things for granted and slowed down enough to enjoy the little things we are blessed with. We now recognize the many things we neglected. We spend more time communing with GOD in prayer. We finally keep on schedule with our Bible Reading plans. We join millions virtually as we worship with each other around the world on Sunday mornings! We created bible studies on-line. We implemented prayer groups via ZOOM.

All I am saying is, I understand how daunting things may feel right now as our holiday season may not look like it has in the past. However, ask yourself one thing – Does your holidays have to look like they did previously, for you to enjoy them now? Think about that for a second.

This is not about accepting the norm; it is about living our lives to the fullest, irrespective of what we must contend with. We are a resilient people, who serve an awesome GOD. If you celebrate and remember the true meaning of what the season bring, you will learn to appreciate it in a different way! You will learn to see what it is, and not what it is not!

If your mind is flowing with questions, take a deep breath. Commune with GOD in prayer and remember what the holiday season is all about. It is about giving thanks, celebrating Christ, loving our families, and embracing all the blessings we received.

We must look beyond what is and focus on what will be! We are about to embrace the most meaningful holiday season of them all!

God bless you,

In his service,

Reverend Marshall


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