I received Christmas cards from many members of our church during this last Christmas season. I sincerely thank you all for your cards. Some of them wrote down the things that had happened to them and their family last year, including some photos.
As I read them, I learned that many things had happened to them. I enjoyed reading their writings. Also, I learned a little more about them and their family.
One person wrote a short, sad story about what he had experienced last year. It seemed that his entire family had a rough year. However, his writings were not filled with sadness and despair, but filled with faith and hope. Rather, he said that the whole family was able to unite in God's love through that incident. He was grateful to God for being able to endure and overcome those difficult times, and he expected that God would do great things for him and his family in the new year.
As I read his writings, I was deeply impressed with his faith in God and positive thoughts.
The year 2018 has begun. I hope that you will begin this year with faith and hope. If you are facing difficulties now and are experiencing grief and frustration, please believe that God will soon help you in a good way. Please believe that he will keep you and your home safe.
This year, especially, I want you to know who our God is. Our God is good. His love endures forever. I hope you will know and believe this. I hope that you will do your best to know more about God. For this, read the Bible diligently, meditate on His word, come to church and listen to God's Word.
I know a person who loves God's word. When I visit her place and preach to her family, she asks me questions of God's word. She asks me to tell her more about God's word. I answer her questions kindly. I see her deep desire to know more about God and His Word. I really like her attitude. A member of our church said to me that he watches and listen to a pastor's sermon on Christian TV every day. I also saw a deep desire from him to know more about God and His Word.
I'd like to encourage you to do your best to know more about God and his word this year. When you know him more, your life will be full of conviction and joy, not vague hope. I hope that God will help you in all things that you do, so that you and your family will be filled with his grace and blessings this year.
Rev. Dr. David Choi