First Steps – December 31, 2018

The Scottish phrase “for auld lang syne” is loosely translated as “for old times’ sake.”  The speaker in this poem is hoping to preserve the oldest, most important relationships in his/her life.  In our day, we sing this reflective poem normally as one year is ending and another is beginning.  As time moves forward, we want to value the things in our life that bring the most joy and fulfillment.

As one year folds into another, what are those things that bring you the most joy?  My guess is that it isn’t things but people.  Maybe the better question is who are those people that bring you the most joy? At the same time, when is the last time you expressed your appreciation to them?  When is the last time you told them that you loved them?

Don’t let another year pass without expressing the joy you receive from them.  It doesn’t take much to share those thoughts; and yet, it can have a profound impact on their life and your relationship.


This week’s reading:

  • Monday – John 11
  • Tuesday – John 12
  • Wednesday – John 13
  • Thursday – John 14
  • ​Friday – John 15


Please Pray for:
Ukraine Mission Team as they travel – They return home the week of January 4, 2019.
You might know I serve at a church that has a long-standing ministry in Ukraine. I’m delighted my church serves in this capacity. Some of you constantly ask what one can do to help this ministry. First, please pray for Ukraine, their citizenry—especially their orphans. Second, if you would like to financially aid this ministry, below is a link that lists some of the needs for the orphans we support.

St. Paul Ukraine Mission Ministry