Greetings in the Lord

We often hear the words “Hindsight is 20/20,” but I want to share these words with you today; “2020 is Hindsight”.


I've been waiting to share those words for many months as the year 2020 held challenges we have never seen before. Individuals, families, schools, churches, businesses, and governments worldwide have been impacted due to the Global Pandemic.


I don't want to be a “downer,” but I think it is essential to give a reminder that simply because the calendar has now flipped to a New Year doesn't mean all our troubles are behind us. I have little doubt that 2021 will still hold many situations that will require us to look to God for answers.


As a Church, we have done our best to be faith-filled while responding to things and events that came up. I often say light-heartedly, “they never taught this in Seminary.” In other words, there was no “Pandemic 101” class!


As we forge ahead into 2021, isn't it good to know that we serve a God who never changes? Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”


While this past year may have left a few scars along the way in all our lives, I pray that we do not dwell on those things. May we have the strength to look back and learn, but look forward and be inspired!


The Apostle Paul saw this as vital to continual growth in God. Philippians 3:13-14 – “I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”


As we begin to live in 2021, experience tells us that we have no idea all the New Year will hold. Yet, we can also rest assured that the same God who brought us through this past year will continue to be there for us “if” we reach out to Him.


There's a beautiful old song that has a line like this: “Many things about tomorrow I don't seem to understand, but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.”


2020 is Hindsight! Now, on to 2021! May it be a year that we ALL grow closer to our Lord and to each other.


God loves you!


Fr. Tim Biren, State Chaplain