Happy New Year – Rejoice in the love of God!

Forks fireworks, New Year-2

From the Dean’s Desk…                             On New Year’s Eve

Today is the Seventh Day of Christmas, the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord.  In the middle of our twelve day feast, comes the New Year celebration, laden with hopes beyond its ability to bear them.  We celebrate, of course, but we know that our true hope, our true joy, our truest peace, comes from the Word who has become flesh and set up camp among us, who lives among us, within us, Jesus our Immanuel.  Let his own words take us joyfully through the rest of the Feast of the Church, and with hope and peace into the New Year of Our Lord, 2014, whatever it may bring.  We do not know what the future holds, but, thanks be to God, we do know who holds the future!

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.      (Matthew 6:25-33)

Thanks be to God!