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As we move out of the Christmas season and into a new year, a phrase from the song “O Little Town of Bethlehem” written by Phillips Brooks seems pertinent, “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” A new year offers hope as does the celebration of God’s incarnation, and yet fear is not completely absent from the world in which we live. COVID numbers spike and each of us has concerns which we bring into this new year.
 
I give thanks for the newness of this time and the possibilities it holds. I give thanks for this loving community who supports one another in joy and difficulty. I give thanks for the wisdom that God imparts, for the work of scientists and those who seek to heal and bring wholeness. Most of all I give thanks for the hope found in Brooks’ song. Before speaking of hopes and fears, Brooks offers this line, “Yet in the dark street shineth the everlasting Light.” And he closes with this plea, “O come to us, abide with us, our God Emmanuel.” May the light of this time and the blessed reminder that God is with us (Emmanuel) guide us with hope not only as this year begins, but each and every day.
 
Que Dios les bendiga (May God Bless You),
Tim
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