Good Morning January 1

A church near our home has a New Years greeting on their road sign. Going west it reads:MAY YOU BE WITH GOD IN 2014
in the easterly direction it reads:
MAY GOD BE WITH YOU IN 2014
It was the first one that caught our attention. The usual association of going to be with God is dying, which seemed a strange New Years greeting for a church to offer. We don’t know if it was a mistake or not, but the sign is still there. Thinking about it, however, both greetings are good. We don’t like to think about death, but a Christian’s desire is to be in the presence of our Lord, whether by death or at His soon return. As Paul expressed, “to depart and be with Christ is far better”.(Philippians 1:23) Also, to know that God is with us, walking through all of life’s circumstances, is our great strength for each day. In all events life brings we know that “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.”(Romans 8:39) So, we add our greeting: In all that comes to you in 2014 may you grow ever closer to our gracious Lord Jesus.

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