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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Hope in the New Year

I tell you then, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

On the decorative pear trees outside our window hang a few leaves.  As though to celebrate the ending of the year, they turned bright red. Each morning, I look for them and they still hang on in defiance of the cold winds. They lean close to the trunks of the trees like a small child hides in his/her mother's legs.

It cheers me to see them for we have been hanging on now for over half of a year in face of a pandemic. Finally a new year is here, and still we hang on. Isolated, cold, without hugs or much laughter, we chose to stay in touch with friends and family by zoom, telephone, Facebook, and frequent texts and pictures.

In our church life, we will listen to the Gospel of Mark in the coming weeks and wonder at the teachings of Jesus. The disciples will be called and once again we will journey to the cross.

Just now, I pulled the curtain to look for my red leaves but they are gone. We don't need them anymore for a new year has come with hope just as the tree will bring new leaves of green when spring comes.

Prayer:  Thank you God for all that we have and let us continue to be content with our lives. In your son's name, we pray.  Amen

Carolyn Olsen

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