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Rev. Jefferson Niles

From the Pastor

 

Dear Friends,

 

I greet you warmly with the grace and peace of our Savior Jesus Christ and invite you to enjoy this first publication of the Chimes for 2020.

 

As we enter a new year and decade let us acknowledge that it is by God’s hand that we are guided from year to year and in every age. Since we do not know what a day or a year may bring let us put our trust in God as we face the unknown tomorrows. Here is a word of wisdom:

 

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Proverbs 27:1). Beware of the arrogance that leads individuals to think they control everything and can do without God’s guidance. Place your confidence in God as you go forward.

 

My family joins me in saying thanks to everyone for the special Christmas greetings and other good wishes. We wish everyone a bright and prosperous New Year and look forward to your ongoing support, cooperation, and friendship.

 

The wonderful thing about a New Year is that we are given a chance to begin all over again. It is like renewing our journey in life. We can choose a new direction or make changes. So as you look ahead it is good to take a little time to reflect on the past and consider those areas in your life where some change or adjustment might enhance your living. A New Year can be a time to improve ourselves and grow as we build on the experiences and lessons of all the years we have already seen. Charles Wesley expresses this in a hymn:

 

“Come, let us anew our journey pursue,
Roll round with the year,
And never stand still till the Master appears. His adorable will let us gladly fulfill,
And our talents improve
By the patience of hope and the labor of love”.

 

God bless you all. Happy New Year,

 

Jefferson C. Niles, EdD, MAE, BA

Pastor, FFUMC

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