Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored; renew our days as of old…
The year of our Lord, 2020, is upon us. As with every year, changes good and bad will come to the world. The change ‘lamented’ in the book of ‘Lamentations’ was the ruin of Jerusalem following its destruction by the army of Nebuchadnezzar in 587 BC. At the end of Lamentations, the writer prays to God using the words appearing above. The writer remembers days of old when life was better and asks God to renew our days as of old.
In their book, On the Moral Nature of the Universe, Nancey Murphy and George F. R. Ellis, concede “a standard problem in all of spiritual life,” which is “the problem of tired workers, decaying inspiration, a vision that fades away; and so there is a need for continual renewal.” They list as renewal possibilities “quiet times, retreats, ceremonies of renewal, and so on.” My prayer for the New Year is renewal for us and for everyone—those with whom we live, work, and love; and those from whom we are estranged. May our first prayer of the New Year be for the renewal of life; the restoration of our lives to God. There is wisdom in the prayer above, “Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored.” The wisdom is: all renewals and
reconciliations begin from becoming renewed in God.
Our new office manager and church secretary, Kris Malia, begins her service withus this month. I am pleased to welcome her and encourage everyone to provide a warm reception. She has provided for this newsletter a brief biography…
My name is Kris Malia and I was born and raised in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Middle child of 3 siblings, I attended Our Lady of Grace Parochial School in my elementary years and Seton La Salle High School for my secondary education. From there I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Washington and Jefferson College. After working as an office administrator for several years, I married the long time love of my life, my husband Rich. 27 years later, we are blessed with 4 children: Leanna, Tanner, Connor and Hanna. Our oldest was married 2 years ago to her husband Jimmy and gave us a wonderful granddaughter, Molly. I was a stay at home mom for my children’s early years and then worked in their school district for 10 years. During those years I also ran a local summer recreation program for children Last year I left the school district position to serve in a childcare facility as an assistant director, which I enjoyed, but felt I was lacking something. So I researched church jobs and my journey has landed me here. I am very excited and feel extremely blessed to be here. Thank you to all whom have welcomed me and are helping me during this training period.
As we welcome Kris and 2020 this month, may renewals from God bless our lives now and always. Happy New Year to everyone! Read Isaiah 40:31 this month. Live in hope!
Renewed in Jesus Christ with you,
Pastor Doug Heagy