I sent a Facebook post out asking people how they would describe 2019 in one word. Here are some of the responses I received:

Blessed, Granddaughter, Change, Hard, Transitional, Down-size, Thankful, Tested, Adventure, Educational, Painful, Renewed, Overtime, Survival, Grateful, Sad, Trying, Full, Fulfilling, Battlefield, Growth, Emotional, Tears, Over and Done.

How would you describe 2019 in one word?

As I reflected on those responses, it revealed to me that people are in all different places when it comes to their perspective on life. Some are encouraged. Some are discouraged. And we need to understand and embrace that with one another as we move into 2020.

I wonder what words I would have received if I would have asked, “In one word, how would you describe our world today?” I suspect the answers would be much more negative than positive as I believe the majority of people would say our world is not as good as it should be.

When we see all the injustice, anger, division, hatred and the like, it can leave us feeling frustrated, hopeless and helpless which is not a good place to be. That is why we are doing a sermon series this winter at the Log Church entitled “Living In A Messed Up World” that will address how we can live, in a positively impacting way, in this messed up world.

  • Jan. 5: Maintaining Hope.
  • Jan. 12: Not Giving In.
  • Jan. 19: Staying Rock Solid.
  • Jan. 26: Living Honorably.
  • Feb. 2: Showing Consideration.
  • Feb. 9: Doing What Is Right.
  • Feb. 16: Staying Focused.
  • Feb. 23: Dealing With Suffering.
  • March 1: Watching Out For One Another.

Consider yourself invited to either our 9 a.m. traditional service or 10:45 a.m. contemporary service. With God’s help, we can make 2020 a better year than 2019!

(Mark Holmen is pastor at Crosslake Evangelical Free Church-The Log Church in Crosslake.)