Pastor's Ponderings
Heartland Shared Ministries
January 2020 Newsletter

Edgar, Nebraska

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17 New Revised Standard Version
            Happy New Year!  It is already 2020!  I can’t help but think of the song “In the Year 2525” sung by Zager and Evans.  I don’t know why my mind goes there but it does.  For those who don’t know it, you can look it up on YouTube.
            It is a new year. It is a new beginning of a new decade.  It is a new beginning with 2019 in the past and all that happened good or bad in 2019. 
            For some, we may look at 2020 with new hope.  A time when our days are may be filled with more joy, peace, strength, and courage.  A new year may be a time when we learn from the past and grasp on to new days, new expectations, new relationships, stronger relationships.  It may be a time when we give thanks that 2019 is over and say that 2020 has to be better.
            For some, we may look at 2020 with anxieties, sadness a longing for better times, simpler times.  We may look as people who have grown older, who long to be with ones who are missed.  We may look as one who doesn’t know what 2020 will bring but do not have much hope that it will be good.
            As we each come to the new year in different circumstances, with different emotions, we do come as people in Christ.  As we are in Christ, no matter how else we come, because of being in Christ, we come as new creatures.  All that old stuff that brought us down, that caused us to lose hope, has passed away.  Whatever we may be facing, we come knowing that all has become new in Christ.  All….All…All…everything as become new!  Sin and death has been defeated, newness has taken the place.  We are new.  We are clean.  We are people who can live now in hope and live eternally in hope because of Christ.
            We can look at our situations differently.  We can look at the darkness and know that it cannot overcome the new light in Christ.  We can look at our circumstances, in health, in family, in finances, in relationship, in communities, as new creatures.  Creatures made whole through Christ.  Creatures who are God’s children living in a new creation. If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation…everything has become new!
            As we begin the new year, wherever or however we are beginning, may God’s Spirit strengthen our faith.  May God’s Spirit lead us to believe in the newness.  May God’s Spirit lead us that the newness of being in Christ may give us hope, peace, calm, courage, strength, whatever we may need in 2020 and beyond. 

 Happy New Year New Creatures!
Pastor Ethan

 Thank you so much for all the gifts shared with us during the holiday season, they touched our hearts.  We are so blessed to be here and so thankful God called us here.  God uses you touch our lives in so many ways with such grace and love.  God bless you and keep you this year and always.  Thank you for all you have done, are doing and will do, it is all appreciated so much words really can’t express how we feel!  Pastor Ethan and Kellie