Daily Dose, Jan. 4 — New Beginnings

            One of the joys of the holidays is that people tend to be more joyful, more kind and more considerate; more often looking for ways to be loving and generous. Then Christmas passes, New Year's passes and we being to step back into normal life. Over time, all that joy and good cheer can fade, and we can be less kind, considerate and loving. For believers, followers of Jesus, the joy, good cheer and love of Christmas is our call to all times. It is who we are to be all times of the year. The Apostle Paul said, “Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:13-14) Forgiveness and love are at the core of who we are. The more we live into them, the more the fruit of the Spirit of God is visible in us and through us. And as we gather together, a community of people devoted to love and forgiveness, we become a powerful, Spirit-filled people of God and the world we live in is changed. What kind of difference can we make in 2019? --Rev. Terri Henkel04