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  • Writer's pictureRick Zumpano

A New Beginning

If you are reading this, then God has brought us into another year, as we count years these days. We know that the Almighty oversees the ebb and flow of life on planet Earth, but sometimes in the hustle and bustle of living we tend to forget that truth.

When the Lord was about to free Israel from captivity in Egypt, He changed their calendar. Following the ninth plague and as He was about to give instructions to Moses and Aaron about the Passover meal and the tenth plague, He told them: “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.” Freed from captivity after 430 years, Israel would be traveling through the wilderness, enter into a covenant with the Lord, receive His law, conquer Canaan, and dwell in the land promised to their forefather Abraham. Truly, it was a new beginning.

As we stand on the brink of a new year, let us reflect on where we have been and where we are now. The previous two years have brought us difficulties and set-backs to which we’ve had to adjust. We experienced several deaths in our congregation, in our families and among our friends. Some of our members moved away including an elder. The COVID-19 seriously disrupted things. Many of us had to endure the virus with symptoms of varying degree. As a result of the pandemic, we discontinued ministries and classes. A few of our members have stayed away. And the virus is still hanging around.

As you know, we are in the process of regrouping and refocusing on the will of God, His purposes for us, and how best for us here to accomplish those purposes. Our Sunday morning Bible classes and the eldership are our first concerns. Other ministries and works and what they will “look like” are quite undecided.

As we as a congregation begin a new year - 2022, let us consider that we also are experiencing a new beginning. Pray that God will show us the way, and that we will have the courage and zeal to follow Him.

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