Year 2020 gone and welcome to 2021

The Year 2020 has a variety of words to describe it and none of them too kind. It has showed the best and worst of ourselves to ourselves, if we are honest with ourselves.

When you consider the grieving, businesses in trouble, the lost jobs, parents and children adjusting, the elderly, the increase in domestic abuse, you know 2020 was a difficult year.

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In 2020 we were introduced to obvious heroes: the nurses, doctors, medical providers, police, firemen, paramedics and first responders, and all healthcare providers we may have previously taken for granted.

With the celebration of Christmas Day behind us, hopefully some who have not traditionally had an interest in spiritual matters will have started a search for the Savior, Jesus Christ. For those who had an intellectual interest in the Savior may you be encouraged to let it go from the intellect to the heart.

For those who are serious believers and followers of Christ, we have to ask ourselves if we are the light and salt we are being called to be. How we have “done” church has totally changed and hopefully it has caused us to become more intimate and real in our faith and trust in our relationship with Christ.

For all of us, we should be sensitive to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit as we enter 2021 determining what He is calling us to do, calling us to change — whether it is our attitude, our commitment, our priorities, our prayer life, or the opportunities of reaching the lost.

There is so much we can and should be doing in serving the Lord, even during this difficult and restrictive time. Jesus teaching to His disciples applies to us today, from Matthew 9: “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” We maybe cannot see a way but He can, and all we need is to have faith in Him to know He will open a doo. But we need to be open and willing.

As believers and followers of Jesus we need the joy of the Lord restored to us which comes from being in the presence of the Lord so we are sustained in the circumstances and troubles facing us during this pandemic, and out of that joy comes that open and unexpected door that He can open for us.

We are reminded, in Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman in the Gospel of John, this statement: “True worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshippers must worship in spirit and truth.”

In 2021 may we fully seek Him with joy, worshipping Him as He has taught. Our prayer for 2021, in spite of the global pandemic, should be for a great harvest for His kingdom and glory.

Happy New Year.

— John Grady, Fort St. John 

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