Dear HCF Family and Friends,
As I write this, we are less than two days from Christmas and just over a week away from our launch into 2010. Every year, it seems the time goes faster and faster. As we mark the days, I keep asking our Father to help us make the most of it!
We never know what a new year will bring. Will it be full of joy? Heartache? Rest? Difficulties? Someone once said, “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future!” I find great comfort in that. Regardless of what surprises life may bring, the Savior holds us secure! Even more, He is confident and full of joyful expectation as each new day unfolds. Today remains the day of salvation, the day of healing, the day of transformation, the day of revival.
Over the past few days, I’ve been meditating on the life of Oral Roberts who died last week at the age of 91. In many ways, I look to him as one of the heroes of our faith. His heart’s desire was to be a man who simply obeyed God. I really admire that about him and hope it will be said of me as well on the day of my passing. One of the many catch phrases Oral utilized was this: “Something GOOD is going to happen to you!” The truth of that statement is just as valid today as ever. It’s a declaration that is not dependent on circumstances or surroundings, but only on the goodness of God. And He is good! All the time! Do we believe it? As we look at our families, our relationships, our work situations, our church, our community, and all the other various facets of our lives, do we believe that something good is going to happen? I firmly think that Jesus believes it!
The Apostle Paul reminds us to “forget the past,” and to “look forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13). As I look at 2009, I have some hurts and some disappointments, but I also have some incredible joys and much for which to be thankful. That’s true of my own life and I believe it is true of the church we are together. As 2010 approaches, however, I am choosing not to dwell on what is in the past, but to press forward with all that is within me in determined obedience to Christ. What will your 2010 look like? I invite you to join me on this journey of joyful obedience. Together, let’s work, believe, and engage our faith to see God’s Kingdom unveiled in our midst as we actively love this world around us!
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
With all my love,
- Pastor Burt