Happy New Year!
This is the time of year where culturally, we are supposed to look forward, make resolutions, and be grateful for a ‘new start’. We would like to offer a different way of looking at this New Year—as a time of reflection for how God has called us to do His good works.
The best way to illustrate what we mean is to give an example. The following is a true story.
There was a 20-something graduate student training for a race this fall when she was struck by a car and received a traumatic brain injury. Now, this story ends very well. She is predicted to make a full recovery by next fall. Her family is so grateful to God for saving her and for enabling her to eventually pick up right where she left off.
This thinking is correct and right. However, God did not save her directly. He saved her through the people he called to do His good works. Through the people He inspired to become first responders and had the knowledge about head injuries to get her to the best hospital in Philadelphia for treatment. Through the neurosurgeon who had the perseverance to get through medical school so that one day he could save lives like hers. Through the speech, occupational, and physical therapists who wanted to make a difference by teaching people like her how to regain their skills. And, through the young lady herself, who had the strength to keep going and get well enough to go home for outpatient therapies in time for Christmas.
This is a big example. Doing God’s good works does not have to be so extreme. It can that by being moved to give a hardy handshake and a “welcome to our church” that can make the difference between someone who returns and someone who does not. It can be by the cookies you decide to bake for coffee hour that helps someone feel good who needed it. It could be simply by smiling at a stranger.
All of the good we do really is inspired by God to move forward His good works. So, for this New Year, reflect on all the good you have done. And, look forward to helping more people in His name this year.
Yours in Christ,
George James (Rectors Warden)
Chris Kydd (Finance Warden)
Kevin McLean (Peoples Warden)
Chris Pepe (Development Warden)
If you wish to contact the Vestry for any reason, please use the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office at 610 444 4624. Thank you!