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Christine Wentzel
by Christine Wentzel
January 1, 2023

The ticktock countdown finally reached the midnight hour. While the echo of “Auld Lang Syne” burned off in the rising sun of the dawn, the world sighed, “Happy New Year.”

Living in the midst of humanity’s hopelessness are people who see their need for renewal, acknowledge their sinful lives, and are transformed by the forgiveness found only in Christ Jesus. Grateful for the transformation, they follow in his footsteps to carry the message of true hope found in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:1,2 ESV).

Forget the New Year’s traditions that hang on luck and whose resolutions highlight more self-improvement than selfless improvement. Instead, resolve to deepen your restored relationship with God our Lord and Father, God our Redeemer and Friend, and God our Comforter and Guide! Resolve to feed your faith daily with his Holy Word. Resolve to gain understanding from his learned teachers who open the treasures of heaven found in its pages. Resolve to gather in the communities of his faithful family. Resolve to show the proof of his activity in your changed life.

The lost will seek Christ’s mercy and grace in us. Resolve to be readily available—we meet them every day. Time is running out.