Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Comfort Ye My People

But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet
(1 Thessalonians 5:8, NIV). For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV). Comfort ye, comfort ye my people (Isaiah 40:1a, KJV).

Banner Graphic: WELCOME, 2013!

Video Montage: Ball drop in Times Square, Fireworks, New Year celebrations around the world, celebrity highlights, local night life

Alert Ticker: East coast struggles after Super Storm . . . Unemployment Rises . . . Fuel prices soar . . . Fiscal Cliff looms . . . Union riots in Michigan . . . Mall shooting in Oregon . . . NFL star murder/suicide . . . North Korea fires on southern neighbor . . . Civil war in Syria . . . More to come . . .

Life brings such uncertainty. In the past year, natural disasters abounded, leaving devastation in their wake—nature, groaning for our redemption. On another front, people engaged in activities ranging from lies, cheating, slander, and petty theft to murder and genocide—entangled in coils of sin. All around us, desolation fills the news and fear fills the heart.

Jesus said we would have tribulation; but to be of good cheer, for he has overcome the world (John 16:33b). Take heart! He promised to be with us, even to the end of the world. He will sustain us. So watch, pray, and await His return, knowing on that day this fallen world will pass away, and with it every tear and sorrow. All things will become new.

Thank you, Jesus. Because you live we can face tomorrow without fear.

© 2012 Katherine A. Fuller

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