With the start of a new year, Pastor Peter came to speak about reflecting on the year than had just finished and to get excited about the New Year that has just begun!
Every year, there are things that were really great, and every year there are things that were no so great. We want to be thankful for the good things, and for the things that were challenging or for the mistakes that we made, we want to ask for God’s help in those things.
Psalm 52:9 says “For what you have done I will always praise You.”
Looking back on the year that had just finished there have been some really special things that happened; maybe it was starting a new grade, starting at a new school, got a pet, moved into a new house, received a really awesome present, or maybe learned something new in school or God became real and powerful to you. We are so thankful for all the God has done; thankful for health and healing in our bodies, good food, good friends, a safe and warm house to live in, and our teachers, pastors, and parents.
One of the other reasons that people get excited about a new year is because its like having a chance to start again. It’s great that we’re thankful for all the good things that happened, and all the things that God gave us, but maybe there were some things in 2019 that were not so great. Maybe they were bad, maybe you made mistakes, so many maybes of things that may not have gone well. Even in all of the mistakes we may have made of things we have gone through in the past year, God is good.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation. The old has passed away; the new has come.”
God is such a good God; He is kind, forgiving, and powerful, and He wants to help each of us make this year so much better than the old year. When Jesus dies on the cross He wiped away all of our mistakes, He cleaned up our messes and forgave our sins. Now, because Jesus lives inside of us, He wants to help us when times get really challenging. So we can actually be really excited about the new year, about 2020. God wants to be good to us this year, and even when things are not so good, He’s there to help us.