A Word from Pastor Neta


What will the new year bring?  It’s a question most of us ask at as the old calendar comes off the wall and a new one replaces it.  Some things we can predict, others will surprise us.  “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” (Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943) “This ‘telephone’ has  too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.  The device is inherently of no value to us.” (Western Union internal memo, 1876) “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”  (Decca Recording Company, rejecting the Beatles, 1962) You can find hundreds of such mis-predictions.  Laugh as we will, they remind us that our crystal ball is often very cloudy.

We all wonder if the pandemic will ever end.  What will the mid term elections bring? Members of Red Clay wonder who the new pastor will be and how will that be for me. Each one of us has our own questions about the world, our families, our selves.

There are those who say that the only two certainties are death and taxes.  To that I would add two others. Change. Or as the saying goes, “Change is certain, growth is optional.”  Change will come, whether we like it or not. How we respond is our choice.  Some of the changes will be good, some will not. We will have to judge and respond as best we can.

The other certainty is God.
     Before the mountains were brought forth,
     or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
     from everlasting to everlasting you are God.  
Psalm 90:2

Whatever else happens this year, and all years, that much is certain.      

Neta Lindsay Pringle