Looking back at the past year, we have a lot to be thankful for. In His grace, the Lord helped, carried, encouraged, and richly blessed us in doing His work throughout these twelve months.
The number 2018 immediately reminded me of 1918, when the horrors of World War I were nearing their end and the awful crimes by the Red Terror (Bolsheviks) were making their beginning. How much did the interceding 100 years bear witness to!
But now it is 2018! Of all that has happened in the world—be it in politics, in the economy, or in a godless society—not everything has been to our liking. Nonetheless, despite many a dark hour, we can all be thankful and unafraid. The Savior has kept us in peace. The Lord is there! The Lord reigns! Yes, the Lord is King!
We sing in one of our hymns: “Our God is moving quickly to fulfill His plan!” Let us praise the Lord for this and continue doing our part in the coming year. Many of our brothers and sisters supported us in prayer and with their talents and offerings. Let us, too, continue to dedicate our skills and resources to the Lord while we still have time. Even if we are limited as individuals, we can do much to advance the Word of God if we work together.
The apostle Paul wrote: “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:14-15).
Yes, dear reader, let us serve the Lord faithfully wherever we are, shining as bright as the stars in the night, so that together we may exalt His glory!
The Publication Team