THIS YEAR...things will be different.  I'm sure that's what all the new members of the fitness center are thinking.  I hope they are right.  At the gym where I exercise, it's always crowded in January.  The pool lanes are filled, the weight machines are occupied, and the track is packed.  Resolutions have been made and being resolutely kept.  I know...you know...things will clear out by February.  I'm trusting a few of the newcomers will be old friends in the months ahead.  They will commit themselves to improving their physical health and stick with it.  This year, things will be different...
 
THIS YEAR...things will be different.  In the last couple of weeks, it's been wonderful to see the rooms of our church running over with people.  On Christmas Eve, the sanctuary was packed with family and friends celebrating the holy night of Christ's birth.  On Christmas Sunday, the Great Room was surprisingly packed with bright-eyed children and bleary-eyed parents - all excited to share gifts given and received in the wee hours of the morning.  On New Year's Sunday, the chapel was full - as was the baptistery - and we welcomed a new year and new members.  I'm trusting that the excitement and commitment spurred by the holiday season will not soon wane in our hearts.  I trust we will continue to celebrate Christ's presence throughout the twists and turns and challenges and changes of days yet to come in 2012.  This year...things will be different...