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A Reflection on 2019

In just a few days we will be singing that old song, “Auld Lang Syne,” and welcoming the new year. Before we set our focus on new year’s resolutions, goal setting, and, of course, dieting, let us take a moment to thank God for the year that we have survived. The reality of the ending of 2019 is that this year had highlights and drawbacks.

Personally, this year began on a high note, but sorrow has filled my year. I have lost a few dear and beloved family and church members. Losing those that you love seems to shadow the highlights of the year, but I am personally glad this year is drawing to a close.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that lesson that God taught me this year.

First of all, it is the lesson of waiting. It seems like not everything I was hoping and praying for occurred this year, but I learned the perspective that waiting gives.

Secondly, I learned to trust God's providence. Trust me when I tell you that you can depend on God for your “daily bread”. I love the verse of scripture that in 1 Peter 5:7, that says, "Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you."

Lastly, I learned the value of rejection. Closed doors can be the subject of pain, but the object of God’s providence in your life. Rejection teaches you that when God is ready for you to have or to do something, you will see His hand in it.

My question to you, Salem Lutheran Church, is what did God teach you this year?

William Canady
Salem Organist

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