Looking Back and Looking Forward

It is hard to believe that 2021 is coming to a close. After everything that happened in 2020, we were all looking forward to a sense of calm as the new year rang in, but not so much. Things have certainly been different this year – different from one day to the next. But, by the Grace of God, we have survived.

Anita and I began the year with a move to Aurora, MO as I became the Pastor of Wilson Ave Baptist Church. When the bells chime to end this year, we will conclude our 42nd year in ministry. Hard to believe. We have been in several locations and several Church during that time and each has been just a little different from the rest. So, it is here at Wilson Ave Baptist. But, there has been on constant through it all – to the best of our ability, we have followed God’s call and leadership. We scan the auditorium and see a congregation that is not the same as where we have been in past years. We also see a congregation looking at the pulpit and seeing a Pastor that is, no doubt, different than what they have had in the past. How can I say that with such confidence? Because we are all different – even different today that when we came together for the first time a year ago. And that is ok, because there has been one constant through it all. We have all had a desire to serve our Lord and Savior and that is what life is all about. My prayer is that we have been a blessing and that each of us has grown in our walk with Christ. And as the new years rolls around that we have a greater desire to be closer to one another as we are closer to God.

During 2021, we have experienced many joys and many sorrow. We have seen people come to know Christ as their personal Savior. We have also had to say goodby to some as they passed from this world to be with Jesus. Such is life. It has a beginning and it has an end here on earth. We look at the calendar and see there are only 3 days left of this year – but some will not see those three days. Some will pass on into eternity while others will face the challenges of 2022.

Again, there is one constant – we all need God!