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As we look to the new year 2019 we stand yearning for hope. The year 2018 has brought us
many challenges. Some of them are old. Many we believed we had overcome. However, some
are new and greater than those we have already faced. Even in such a climate, those of us who
keep holding on to the gift of faith know in our hearts that God is still in charge.
The year 2016 fades and God alone knows what is in store for 2017. Advent, “get ready time” for the coming of Christ, has significant meaning this year. Past ages of stormy days and
our subsequent endurance and survival teach us that it is possible to rise from the ashes of a