From the desk of Pastor Jan …..

 A Blessed New Year to all!

I learned that Peach Fuzz is the 2024 Color of the year. According to pantone.com, Peach Fuzz symbolizes the feeling of kindness and tenderness. This heartfelt peach hue communicates a message of caring and sharing, community and collaboration. The warm and cozy shade inspires togetherness, an opportunity for nurturing and healing. The soft, velvety peach color expresses the desire for a peaceful future. Its gentle hue expresses a warm and welcoming embrace. <!–split–>

This color of the year fad is a good sign that people are still looking forward to a better future. The Prophet Jeremiah wrote a message to the people in exile in his time. He wrote a message of hope for the Israelites who were in captivity. Israelites were in the shade of darkness. Peach is out of sight. But God sends a “Peachful” message through Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 29:11 in Common English Bible translation says:

“I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the LORD; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.”

In some ways, people of our time, including you and I, may be feeling or experiencing captivity or

in exile from our own homes and lives. We may be living in shades of darkness in the past year

or years. But there is hope. We have the Living God, who has plans for us too. The plan is a future filled with hope, a life in peace and not in disaster.

Let us look forward to this New Year with God’s plan and promise. Have a Peachful New Year!