Welcome again to this week's word for the week. Well, we are officially at the last word for the week for 2020. The time has truly gone by fast in some ways and in other ways it has been a long year. Nevertheless, the Lord is still in control of all things we experience in life. We have covered a lot of ground in many areas this year and I am truly grateful to God for that. With that in mind, let's get straight to the point this week.
One of the things that is necessary is for us to never forget the Lord. One command you constantly see after Israel was delivered from Egypt was that they were never to forget what the Lord did for them. They were instructed to hold numerous celebrations to reflect those moments and they were told to pass them down to the generations after them. There is so much rich history in our lives that gets lost because no one tells it. The older generations sometimes complain that the younger generations don't get life. However, are we telling them the story? So many times people want to erase their past without realizing it is what helped shaped them for who they now are.
This year may have been filled with many setbacks for you but you are still here. In spite of the trials you are still standing. The enemy plotted your destruction and yet God delivered you through them all. You have had moments that drove you to tears and yet the Lord allowed the light to shine again in your life. Everything may not have gone good for you but the Lord has always been good to you. You may have lost some things or people in your life but the Lord is still by your side and within you. Through it all you are yet alive!
Take some time to reflect on what you have been through this year. Don't focus on the negative but rather focus on the positive things you have learned. Your worst moments still taught you something about God. So many times we lose sight of the lessons we have learned. We lose sight of how close we now are to God as a result of the moments that hurt the most. We have to take time to look back over our lives and see just how good the Lord has been to us. The times we did not deserve His grace and mercy are the very times He gave them to us. Take some time to smile again. Take some time to laugh again. Take some time to cherish the time with God and be thankful that you are one His children. No matter the pain, it could've been far worse. If you don't praise God for nothing else, praise Him for truly keeping you through everything!
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon