If someone asks you which is more important,  the beginning or the end of each year, what would be your answer?  You might answer that the beginning is more important because a good start will more likely lead you to good results.  Or, you will say that the end is more important, because good results are your final goal even if you start badly.

However, it is not easy to identify the clear points of beginning and ending in our life.  The concept of the beginning and ending of each year is one of our ways to measure time.  The beginning of something usually means the ending of the other, and vise versa in our lives.

At this point of the year, we are going to celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, soon.  But I hope we also remember the long period of patient waiting for the  Messiah’s coming, during Advent.  Jesus’ birth on earth marked the end of the people’s long waiting.  But, His ministries on earth and resurrection are also the beginning of new life for all of us.  

Maybe the most important part of our lives is neither the beginning or ending of each step but every moment of our lives.  Beginning and ending of all time is in God’s hand, and He wants us to enjoy and do our best to make our lives meaningful with our trust in God’s faithfulness.

We will start our celebration of Jesus’ birth with many events and worship services in December, including the Messiah Concert and a joint worship service with our neighbor church, First Congregational, on December 9.  

I hope the end of this blessed year is the beginning of another victorious year with God’s guidance.  May God’s blessings be with all of us.