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Dear families of Jesus Christ,

   After I arrived in Kentucky in 1991, I worried about understanding spoken English.   Jessie Williams, my dear American friend, introduced me to a TV soap opera, “As the World Turns.”  It was a new thing for me to learn “real” American English by listening, even though it was not nice stuff.  Well, as the world turns we enter the Year of 2016. 

   I read a cartoon from one of the newspapers which shows George trying to cut back a berserk vine that has already circled the house several times, pinning George himself to the wall.  His wife sees the tip of the vine rounding the corner of the house and screams, “Here it comes again, George!”  Many people have this same uneasy feeling with another year coming around again.  Each New Year comes as expected; yet, as a surprise.  There will be more deaths, yet more births; there will be new friends, old friends leaving; there will be mistakes, there will be learning experiences; there will be depression, there will be joyous excitements; there will be pain, there will be joy; there will be new arguments over old stuff or old arguments over new stuff; there will be new books, new TV soap operas…in short, many new opportunities to grow.

   “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed a way, and the sea was no more…And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals.  He will dwell with them as their God’ they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them;’ (Revelation 21:1, 3).”

   What’s new with you this year of 2016?  The thought of something new is a happy one, isn’t it?  That’s why we say “Happy New Year!”  I am very happy to embrace another New Year as I believe that Jesus Christ dwells among us, and leads us to keep on growing with new opportunities.    Happy New Year to you all.

 

Pastor, Jin Ming

 

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