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Greetings North East District

January 4

“Behold, I am making all things new”
At the start of every new year, the verse from Revelation 21:5 rings in my heart and soul: “Behold, I am making all things new.”   There’s just something refreshing and hopeful about new things:  a new notebook at the beginning of the school year; that one-of-a-kind smell of a new car; a freshly mowed lawn; a new commitment to Christ made at the altar.  New starts, fresh starts are a promise from God.  “Behold, I am making all things new.”

The year 2021 comes as a refreshingly new start following the trials and challenges of 2020.  But this fresh start doesn’t come as a clean slate.  We still carry with us the contagion of Covid-19, the challenges of in-person worship as we seek to keep people safe, and, basically, all of the trials we faced on the last day of 2020.  However, we now are fortified with HOPE as we begin 2021.  The vaccine is here, and people will soon be inoculated against this horrible virus that upended our world.

We had no idea what was in store for us as we began 2020.  None of us would have ever imagined what happened was going to happen.  We also do not know what is in store for us in 2021.  It could bring joys unimaginable.  It could bring a slow, steady climb towards wholeness and health.  It could bring. . .anything!  But one thing we know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that God will be with us.  God brought us through 2020, and God will surround us throughout 2021.
I have carried a prayer with me ever since I began discerning my call to ordained ministry over 35 years ago.  It is a prayer by Thomas Merton that reminds us that even with a brand new year, while we have no idea what lies ahead, we do know who will be with us.  I invite you to pray this prayer with me at the start of 2021, and at the start of each new day.
 My Lord God,
 I have no idea where I am going.
 I do not see the road ahead of me.

 I cannot know for certain where it will end.
 Nor do I really know myself,
 and the fact that I think that I am following
 your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

 But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
 And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
 I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
 And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.

 Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
 I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
 and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.  Amen.
           Thomas Merton

Grace and peace to you all throughout 2021,

District Superintendent

Alice Rogers
(770) 536-2586


Administrative Assistant

Holley Butkovich
(770) 536-2586

Contact Information

343 Northside Drive  
Gainesville, GA 30501  

(770) 536-2586 Phone
(770) 536-7188 Fax

northeast@ngumc.net http://www.ngumc.org/northeast