Our New Year Wish

Its been a couple of weeks since I had finished reading through my father in law’s Bible during my not so daily devotion and looked in my library for another Bible edition to use. I found a King James version that had been on my book shelves for many years, one that I had occasionally used for study.

The other morning as I just happened to noticed that I had received it on my 13th birthday in 1965, over 52 years ago and I began to think of all that had happened in the years following that birthday.

My work with the Boy Scouts, the Soap Box Derbys, sports, I got married, became a father, graduated from college, a little time around the world, divorced and remarried, my work as an engineer and finally taking over the family business with my father in law, moved into other ventures. In those years we had business success along with failure, Sally and I have spent time traveling across the country. We have faced health issues, made new friends, and experienced both the joy and pain of living, lost family and friends and found the One again. Eventually, Chris grew up and graduated from law school. Sally’s retirement from teaching opened a whole new chapter for us. My position on the city council and now we face a new venture with a grand child on the way.

Since I received that Bible, not only has my life changed, but the world we live in has well.

We did not have the personal computers or cell phones or the technology in 1965 that we have today. Many of the Christmas gifts which will be given this year were not even invented at that time! We have gone from vinyl records, reel-to-reel tape, 8 track to cassettes, to CDs, to the I-pod and MP3s.

Those were the middle days of the Vietnam conflict; today, we are still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan; our young men are all over the world serving our country. While our knowledge has increased many times since 1965, we appear to be less wise. As I have been reading that old Bible, I realized that it may have been printed 52 years ago, but all of it was written over 1900 years ago and most of it much earlier. Yet, each morning it gives me much more truth and discernment than the Jackson Sun, WNWS, CNN, Fox, or even the internet. The pages of the written Word of God give me life, courage, and direction.

The Birth of Christ

So, my hope is that this year when you read the Christmas story, I pray you didn’t just read out of Luke, chapter 2 but don’t bypass Philippians 2: Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And also read John, chapter 1: There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every ¦ the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him¦.And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became a baby and lived among us. He was the Living Word.He showed us what God is really like. The Bible tells us the story of God’s love and His plans for our lives. The story of Christmas is not just a wonderful story of long ago, it is a reminder that the God of the universe gave His own Son to be a one-time sacrifice for each of us, that we might have eternal life. So I will continue to read that old Bible each day for its truths will guide me and give me peace in the midst of a troubled world.

Sally and I and the staff here at the Press both pray that you and your family have experienced a joyous Christmas and understand that each of us can find purpose and life in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. We want this next year 2017 to be the best year of your life as you are guided by the Word of God. We wish you and your family a healthy, prosperous, and peaceful New Year.

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