Newsletter – January 2019

GREETINGS AND SHALOM

AS WE ENTER ANOTHER YEAR.

Reflecting on what was, what is and what maybe as we consider this New Year and the many recent Celebrations like Christmas or the Festival of lights that are important facts in the life of each nation.

Each public celebration is marked with specific characteristics and an official stamp that occur regularly each year in and according to every culture, people group and religion.

The thought came: WHEN was the first New Year?  Even with the advances of technology No one knows but this does not stop our inquiry.

It is not unreasonable to accept that the first New Year came when God had completed the creation of the heavens and earth and all living creatures with the final act of creating man and woman and breathed life into them so that they became a living soul. THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA.

That God rested only after He had created, formed and gave life, at the conclusion of which He rested on the 7th day, indicates the beginning of an era of time with the provision of work followed by rest and relaxation, in fact a holiday with unblemished communion between man, woman and the Creator. Up to this time there is no specific record of a year.

At the end of the 3rd day of creation recorded in Genesis 1:14-15 we know that

THEN GOD SAID.

“Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and for years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth.”

The second New Year could have logically come into being when the woman and the man, husband and wife, allowed themselves to be deceived by the serpent.  By taking and eating the fruit of the Tree of Life they actively entered into temptation and death became part of this life’s span.

While denial, fear and nakedness became the evidence of transgression it is now clear that SIN was a reality as was the need for JUDGEMENT that had no place in the garden God had created specifically for man that we know as the Garden of Eden or Paradise.

Our hope today, was God’s instant and great gracious provision of Mercy. God will not revoke His promises. Will you accept them and be blessed to become a true blessing to others?

This is our New Year message of strength, love, hope and justice to help us face the reality that SIN has to be exposed, to be addressed with the unshakable courage, found only in and on, the infallible Word of God, the Bible.

May each Nurse and Midwife take this verse found in Lamentations 3:22-23 to heart and use it to strengthen his/her/our confidence, in identifying and standing firm for truth in Nursing, and in family life.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”

God’s mercy and compassions are “new every morning,”

Give thanks and praise Him.