Hello Calvary Family! Happy New Year! As we embark on the year of our Lord 2016, we breathe a sigh of relief that we have made it to see another year. Most of us look forward to the New Year with great anticipation based on the blessings of the last year. Others are a little more tentative about their approach to what lies ahead due to great losses they suffered in years past. No matter your prospective, cheerful or tearful, transition don’t always have to be scary. They often provide new possibilities. Learn to take the good and bad experiences of your life in the context of shaping the journey of who you are or will become. No one can escape hardship but we can decide not to let it cripple us from moving forward. In Psalm 30, the writer praises the Lord for rescuing him from certain death. The pain was unbearable. The danger was real. Many tears of anguish flowed. The healing was delayed. However, in the final analysis, the Psalmist concluded, “O, Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever (v. 12).” Your danger, pain, and tears are real. You may have to experience great anguish but through it all, you must continue to believe that God is with you. Be comforted in the fact that “weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5, KJV).” You may have to cry for however long your night is but joy will come in the morning and sometimes through the mourning. I know it’s hard to believe God is with you when you are in the middle of your storm but stay anchored in the Lord and when the winds and rains pass, you “shall never be moved (Psalm 30:6).” May God grant your family and you peace and assurance this year. God bless you.
Pastor Jabulani McCalister