As we take some time to reflect on the past year and ponder what lies ahead for 2019, we look out into an uncertain world that is trying to cope with unstable leaders, apathy regarding millions of refugees and displaced people, the growing threat of climate change and the poor image of Christianity in our secular culture.

There are no easy answers, and yet our faith suggests that God remains faithful and is always doing a new thing. May you find hope and peace and joy in the year ahead that lifts you beyond anxiety and division and other concerns pushed by our political leaders. May Christ continue to inspire you to love and compassion and may God’s Spirit fill you with energy and courage to seek justice and peace.