I forgot to complete a task, the printer wouldn’t work, I was extremely frustrated and it was not yet 10 a.m. Already, I thought, please don’t let these things be setting the tone for 2017. If this is day one, ugh! what will the rest of the year bring?

Silly, right? But isn’t that how it usually goes–it’s the little things that frustrate us, that set us off and just cause us to be in an unnecessary foul mood.

Thankfully, church service was beginning at 11:00 a.m. Now, I can’t possibly name all of the meaningful, amazing sermons delivered by Pastor Diebold; just trust me on that one. Yesterday’s message was equally as inspiring but it is what occurred after the sermon that helped to set the tone for this year. As comedian Bill Engvall says, “Here’s your sign!”

It was communion Sunday and being the day after New Year’s Eve, attendance was limited. This was the first blessing.  Pastor invited us to come up and stand around the altar to share up close and personal. In the midst of the preparation, we prayed.  One of the things I truly love about my church family is that no one is afraid to be vulnerable and raw…we often pray outloud asking for God’s help for what weighs heavily on our hearts or giving thanks to Him when we are simply bursting with joy and gratitude.

Once our prayers were stated, we joined hands and prayed together, followed by the Lord’s Prayer. Then, as servants of God, we served communion to each other.

Jesus’ presence was felt. You know you are at peace when you feel a wave of calm wash over you. When we were holding each other’s hands in prayer, I felt another hand on mine. God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness and abundant love was given in that moment just like He gives us daily.

I truly do thrive in chaos (tomorrow’s blog post), but in order to do this, peace of heart and mind is required (Thursday’s post). I obtain this peace by my relationships with God, myself, and a group of friends who believe the same. If you have fallen away for a while, I simply ask you consider a perspective shift and think about how renewing your relationship with God may be just the boost needed in your life journey.  If you are not a believer, I only ask you respect the faith and belief of those who do.

If you are searching for your way back to the path on your faith journey, if you are looking for a place of worship, if you wish to witness positive, relevant to today, inspiring messages, come join us at Verona Presbyterian Church on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

As we begin 2017, don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t let that silliness set the tone for your day, year or life. Wherever you find both your soul fire/passion and your peace/calm–do more of that!

Also, keep your eyes, ears, mind, heart and soul open…the signs are all around us. May you receive abundant blessings, witness a few miracles and make countless memories in 2017!