Last year around this time, we predicted that 2020 would be the best year ever. The phrase “2020 vision” was ubiquitous, signifying a year where our dreams would come into sharper focus, and we could do and be all we imagined. But nobody predicted a global pandemic, mental health crisis, economic meltdown and more. This year has been memorable for reasons we didn’t foresee.
Our present reality of the second wave of COVID-19 begs the question—do the words “joy to the world” even apply at this time? When our lives have been disrupted, and we have lost loved ones, jobs and more, is there anything to be joyous about?
Upon reflection, I found just a few things we can be grateful for in this crisis:
The gift of life. The fact that we are still here amidst a deadly pandemic means God has more for us to do on this earth to serve Him and others.
Various technologies and the hard-working, creative leaders who have helped our churches and conference continue ministry beyond four walls.
Renewed focus on the most significant things in our lives—first our walk with God, then our relationship with family, friends and neighbours.
The wisdom and perspective we can only gain from trials, then use to comfort others in distress.
The reminder that this world is not our home; we await citizenship in a Kingdom where there will be no more suffering, and we will dwell with God forever.
As 2020 ends, let’s remember that the “joy of the Lord is [our] strength” (Psalm 28:7), and the same God who guided us through the year will be with us to the end of time.
Lamentations 3:22-23: “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
On a personal note, I am grateful for all of you reading this e-newsletter and the support shown to the Communications department in 2020. God bless you!