Back to Good

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night and there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

~ Genesis 1: 1-5

A benefit in the changing to a new year is that it gives us pause to think about all the events that transpired in the course of the last 365 days. Although, given what type of year 2020 turned out to be, many of us probably would feel better not reliving those days. It’s like a friend of mine recently shared on social media, “No one claim 2021 as your year! Let’s all approach this one slowly so we don’t scare it.”

Given the year that just wrapped, perhaps our lives have felt a bit more formless and void than usual. Perhaps, we find ourselves longing for the voice of God to speak, for the spirit of God to draw a little closer.

While we survey the year that has passed, and examine our hopes for the one to come, I like to go back to the beginning. It’s a common practice for me to draw attention back to Genesis at the start of a new year. I find it to be a centering and sobering process, a reminder to us that just when things feel they’ve reached their most chaotic and the world exists in shambles, that’s when God does something profound.

How we look back at 2020 is really up to us. It was difficult, tiresome, “unprecedented” was the word I think I heard the most. However, while we couldn’t control the circumstances, we can control what we want to gain from it. It was, indeed, a year of hardship, but it was also a year of blessing, filled with opportunities to see God’s work in our lives.

We return again to the beginning to be reminded once again that just when we think everything is formless and void, deep and dark, that is when the light bursts forth and shines brightest.

I believe there are still bright days ahead. I believe there are still blessings in store. I believe this new year is but another opportunity to see the goodness of God on display. At the start of a new year, we come back again to see that God still works and God still loves.

And once again, we’re brought back to good.

— Trent Sessoms
Senior Pastor


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