Pastor's Message
MARY TAYLOR MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

The Reverend Dr. Brian Bodt
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Dear Mary Taylor Memorial Church community,

Never a new year’s morning, never an old year ends,
but someone thinks of someone, old days, old times, old friends.

      This verse is edited from a Christmas card I received years ago from my college classmate Bob, now long gone but whose
friendship is memorable this time of year.

      I’m sure many of you have these recollections, too, of dear friendships over many years; some still vibrant, some departed,
some rekindled.  Someone recently shared with me the   experience of reconnecting with a high school friend after nearly 40
years.  A blessing!

      “Resolutions” were never my “thing,” but there is something special about a fresh start, isn’t there?  So, how might you
like 2018 to be different and, ideally, better?  What is within your power to make this, as the self-help gurus like to say, “your
best year ever?”

As I consider my own plans for 2018, they concentrate on two things based on Ephesians 5:15-16 which says
      “Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise,
              making the most of the time, because the days are evil.”

      The two things are:

Living wisely.  I believe wise living is controlling what I can control and letting go of that which I cannot.  It is the Serenity Prayer.
*  It is doing things that bring me joy and          fulfillment.
      Making the most of the time.  Friends enjoy a laugh at my expense when, having had my                 time wasted, I sputter
“Well, I’ll never get that hour back again.”  I’m glad to bring mirth to                 minds and hearts in most any way, but being a
good steward of time, and the time I have                 left, is of high importance to me.

What about you?  What will you do differently, spiritually and temporally, to make 2018
a great year?

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Dr. Brian R. Bodt
Pastor


*God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to
know the difference.”