My Beloved Ones,
“…let us always be ready to make a new start. If you fall, rise up. If you fall again, rise up again.”
(St. Peter of Damascus)
As we have celebrated the Birth of our Savior and now begin a new year, I greet you with love and joy in the Name of our Incarnate Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
For me, and for you also, I think, it seems almost impossible that we are already at the beginning of a new year. Indeed we give thanks to God for what has happened in our Metropolis and our Church in the past year. Although we may have encountered problems and difficulties, I know that we have been sustained by our faith and the grace of our Lord.
At this time, in our businesses and everyday lives, we "close our books" on the past year and make plans for the future. Yet sometimes we forget to do the same in our own personal lives. We should take this time to review the past year, and to consider where we are spiritually. Let us with prayer and humility, make our own resolutions for the New Year. I pray that we will set new goals for ourselves, goals that will deepen our relationship with Christ.
Revelation 3.20: Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with Me.