By the Grace of the Lord, we’re initially of the New Year. Behind us is the previous and earlier than us is the long run. We have been pondering rather a lot. We be taught many classes. It can be incomprehensible and utterly unjustified, for cheap folks to reach at stations in life, with out conclusions.Being initially of the brand new yr of the Lord’s Goodness, we should perform a double obligation in essentially the most severe means, the obligation of Gratitude to God and Trust in Him.
Gratitude to our God and Father for the previous yr. During this yr, the goodness of God bestowed upon us many good issues. Let’s not neglect the apostolic phrases: “In Him we reside and transfer and have our being” (Acts 17:28). In His divine presence and goodness we reside and transfer and exist. All good issues are from the gift-giving God.
Certainly in the course of the previous yr we skilled nice occasions, similar to the valuable goodness of well being and the requirements of life. Perhaps particular person or household issues have been resolved in and nice means.
It is feasible that we additionally skilled disagreeable occasions. However, they handed and now we see that “in useless” we have been disturbed. The good God put an finish to the ordeal.
It continues to be doable that the occasions have been very unhappy. We might have skilled painful sickness, accidents and misfortune, deaths of family members and different such sorrows.
And once more we ought to be grateful to the Holy God, as a result of all unhappy occasions educate folks. “For whom the Lord loves, He chastens, and scourges all His kids, whomsoever He receives” (Hebrews 15:6). For the one whom the Lord loves He disciplines with sorrows, and He scourges with trials each little one who accepts Him to be beside Him as considered one of His personal.
“Glory to God for all issues” stated Sacred Chrysostom, earlier than giving up his spirit.
Trust in God, that is the opposite obligation. With belief in God we are going to greet the brand new yr.
Many query marks are looming over the brand new yr. Will it actually be new or just like the previous? Will it’s higher? Will it worsen? Will it’s like final yr? Will we now have nice occasions or disagreeable ones?
We do not know what is going to occur. However, we all know that there’s a Providential God. There is a God who cares for the birds of the sky, for the flowers, for issues of low worth, and rather more for man, created “in His picture and likeness.” There is a God the Father, Who gave the precise to the descendants of Adam to handle Him and say “Our Father who artwork in Heaven.” There is a God of Love, Who beloved sinful man to the purpose of sacrificing His Son. “God so beloved the world, that He gave His solely begotten Son” (John 3:16) to die on the cross dishonorably for the salvation of man.
There is a God who’s the ruler of the universe. There is a Lord of hosts. Above principalities and powers is the almighty Lord. People neglect God, not occasionally they despise Him, even battle Him. “He who dwells in heaven laughs at them and the Lord holds them in derision,” in keeping with the Psalmist. He who dwells within the heavens, the almighty and righteous God, will tease them and mock them, make them a laughing inventory earlier than everybody.
Our life on earth is brief. Let’s not shorten it and poison it with ideas of hysteria and despair. Above us all is the loving and almighty Hand of God the Father. Whatever occurs, no matter takes place, the Lord will enable it. With belief within the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, allow us to march by the brand new yr. Let us base our hopes on God the Father, that “He cares about you” in keeping with the apostolic phrases (1 Peter 5:7).
“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the phrase of His grace,” (Acts 20:32) and I want that the brand new yr of the Lord’s Goodness is wholesome, fruitful, blessed, peaceable, holy.
With heat paternal blessings,
Of Edessa, Pella and Almopia