What will the year 2021 have in store for us all? You would think it has to be better than 2020, right? The truth is we never really know what each new day will hold. No one could have anticipated the events of 2020, but then again, what is it that we expected? Does that mean we lose hope for the future? When we focus in on what we do know, instead of what we do not, that is when hope comes alive. That is when our lives have true meaning and we can look forward to each new day.
We Are Loved by God
So, what is it that we do know? First, we know that we are loved by a God that has unwavering love and concern for us. That God calls us into relationship each day where we find solace in the face of our fears, compassion in the face of our sufferings, and forgiveness in the face of our shortcomings. I think back to when I was a child and the times when it seemed like the whole world was against me. The moments in my mother’s arms or the assurance of my father’s words felt so warm and soothing. That is the type of relationship God wants with us. God cannot promise us days without worry, but God does offer us a refuge no matter what happens.
We Are One Body
Second, we know we are one body in Christ. We can face any challenge head on and find strength when we work together. I have seen parishes rise to the occasion of 2020 and do bold and amazing things. LPi remains here to serve you in all your efforts, even if the landscape in which we find ourselves makes it difficult to operate in the same manner as years before. The point is that no one is alone in good times and in bad. We will face the storms together, but we will also celebrate the graces from God together.
Nothing Lasts Forever
Third, no situation lasts forever. When we look at the history of the world, this year appears like a blip on a radar screen. The trials we faced were real. Some of us lost those we love. However, for every sunset there is a sunrise. Do you feel lost now? There will be time when you will be found. Situations do not last forever, but God and His love do. We find our hope in the promise that what we do in our parishes and at LPi does not impact simply the here and now but paves the way for an eternity with God.
In 2021, I suspect we will find ourselves vaccinated, going back to work or finding new jobs, heading back to school, and breathing a sigh of relief. Yet, like we do in the seasons of Advent and Lent, we must stay alert and prepare for whatever may lie ahead. A good steward has a plan to deal with any circumstance and invests in that which makes one stronger.
LPi is Here for You
At LPi, we will be launching new technologies and investing in current trusted ones so that your parish can face any challenge ahead. We will need to equip the Church for the New Evangelization so that those who have fallen by the wayside during 2020 can hear the Good News and see that hope wins the day.
Everything around us may change, but Jesus never does. He is the Cornerstone on which all else rests, and therefore, our foundation remains strong. We must always rejoice even if the times are troubled. In Him rests our hope and our purpose. Thank you for allowing LPi to be a part of your journey!
Tracy Earl Welliver is a Catholic speaker, author, consultant, Gallup-certified Strengths coach, and Senior Director of Church Engagement at LPi. He has over 25 years of experience in parish ministry, having served as Pastoral Associate at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, NC. Learn more about Tracy’s coaching & consulting.
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