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Here's a thought for Dec. 28

December 28, 2012
By the Rev. Matt Peterson , Marshall Independent

St. Stephen Lutheran Church

Here we are in the last week of the year. It's about the time of year that we make our New Year's resolutionsand in a few short weeks (or days!), these resolutions will start to be broken. We realize our limitations and our finitude and give in to the inevitable. We make rationalizations about our resolutions; we spend more energy on figuring out ways to weasel out of our resolutions than we spend on keeping them. For example, at the beginning of 2012, I made a resolution to exercise. On Jan. 2, I fulfilled my resolution - I exercised, and I was done for the rest of the year! It is difficult for us to follow through on our resolutions. We are human, after all.

It has come to my attention that God has made some New Year's resolutions for 2013. Here is a list of just a few:

This year, God has resolved to guide the nations of the world to strive for peace and justice for all people;

This year, God has resolved to forgive your sins and to seek reconciliation with you through the gift of grace;

This year, God has resolved to place people on your path who will encourage you in your faith and ask you to use your gifts to further God's work in the world;

This year, God has resolved to comfort you in times of trouble or illness - God's mercy and healing will be made real for you this year;

This year, God has resolved to continue to remind you of the grace that comes through Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The great thing about God's resolutions is that they are never broken. God keeps God's promises. Always. It's also interesting to note that God's resolutions are the same year after year. God keeps renewing the promise to us, year after year, day after day, moment after moment. God's promise of new life for you is the same in 2013 as it always has been. This year, give thanks to God whose resolve never fails.

God's Peace to you in this New Year!



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