Dr. Eldred Marshall, Artist-in-Residence, Associate Director of Music Ministries
If 2020 was a year we just felt glad to survive, 2021 was the year that war and strife invaded every corner of our lives.
Like 2020, 2021 began with a sense of hope, only for it to dash away.
All around us, pitched anger and discontent became the norm.
It seems as though we have entered a sustained season of rioting mixed with fatigue.
This was a difficult year for everyone.
As a result, I have decided to leave my New Year’s party hat in the closet, and to eschew making any New Year’s Resolutions.
Instead, I am trying something different.
Knowing that 2022 might look like 2021, which itself was a reaction to 2020, which began in 2019 and has roots in the past, I’m closing out this year, and opening the new year, with prayer:
May God will show us how to be a light in a fallen world;
May God refill our souls with a fresh helping of grace, patience, love, and esteeming others better than ourselves;
May God help us keep our lamps trimmed and burning as we await the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, for He is coming soon.