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Sunday, January 17, 2021
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A new Page
By Pastor Dennis Felder
 
If you are reading a suspense novel, you never know what to expect when you turn the next page.
 
Before you flip the page, you have already created within your vivid imagination, what may happen next.
 
However, upon reading the next page, you quickly realize that the story line took an unexpected twist.
The year 2020 has been very much like a suspense novel.
A good suspense novel has four key elements.
First, there is always character who you empathize with because you can relate to their struggle.
Second, there is a conflict, that on the surface, appears to be unsolvable.
Third, the apparent struggle is moving at such a fast pace, it’s challenging to process the potential outcome.
Fourth, there are several promising outcomes, but they fail in providing the ultimate solution.
 
If your suspense novel contains these four elements, you will have a true thriller on your hands.
Life in 2020 was like living in a suspense novel and we were the main character.
As we turned each new page of life, we encountered a new struggle.
We frantically tried to navigate the tumultuous pace, but then without notice a new challenge was thrown our way.
What was working before now seemed to be mute and once again we were forced to find another solution for our problem.

Well, come 2021, we will be turning a new page in life and once again, we are not certain what life will bring.
This feeling, especially reflecting upon 2020, can be very unsettling.
If you are feeling anxious about 2021, let me provide you with a little encouragement. God has already written the end of your life’s novel and He wants you to prosper.
In Jeremiah 29:11, it says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

So, as you turn that new page in 2021,
remember that God has a special plan to bless you.
Now that you know how the novel ends, there is no need to threat, to panic, to live with uncertainty or fear.
It is comforting to know, that in your life of suspense, God still has a beautiful ending in store for you.
Just keep trusting Him since He is the Author of your life.