New Year 2017: “Covenant or Resolution?” – Rev. Stuart Smith

January 02, 2017

“But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to His covenant, of those who obey His commandments!” – Psalm 103:17-18 NLT

Years ago I read of an older man who was on a train traveling out of Victoria Station in London.  Across from him in the compartment were two men in their early 30’s.  Twenty minutes out of the station one of the men had a seizure and fell heavily out of his seat.

Immediately his friend took off his jacket, rolled it up, and put it behind his friend’s head.  He blotted the perspiration from the man’s brow with his own handkerchief as he talked to the stricken man in a quiet manner calming him down. 

When the seizure was over, he lifted his friend gently back into his seat.  He then turned to the older man and said, “Mister, please forgive us.  Sometimes this happens two or three times a day.  My buddy and I were in the war together, and we were both wounded.  I had bullets in both of my legs, and he had one in his shoulder.  The helicopter that was supposed to come for us never did. 

Mister, my friend picked me up and carried me for three and a half days out of that jungle.  The enemy was sniping at us the whole way.  He was in more agony than I was, and I begged him to drop me and save himself.  But he wouldn’t let me go.  He got me out of that jungle.  He saved my life.  I don’t know how he did it and I don’t know why.  But four years ago I found out that he had this condition.  So I sold my home in New York, took what money I had, and came here to take care of him.  You see, after what he did for me, there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for him.” 

That statement from this man ought to ring out in our hearts and minds this New Year.  From the miracle of the manger to the obedience of the cross, surely after what Jesus did for you and me there isn’t anything that we wouldn’t do for Him this coming year, is there?  We may not care too much about New Year’s resolutions, but we should embrace New Year’s covenants.  May we each one covenant with the Lord Jesus to do all and be all that He would have us to do and be in this New Year.  May it be so for the glory of God and for the good of all others.   

- Rev. Stu Smith, Advancement, Senior Planned Giving Officer



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