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The middle watch is past! Another year Dawns on the human race with hope and fear: The last has gone with mingled sigh and song, To join for ever its ancestral throng; And time reveals, As past it steals, The potent hand of God, the Everlasting, Guiding the sun, with all his blazing peers, And filling up the measure of our years, Until Messiah, Prince, to judgment hasting, Shall roll the darkness from this world of sin, And bid a bright eternity begin. — Unknown

Dear CU Gloria Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

On behalf of all of the staff and students involved in CU Gloria, thank you for your partnership in 2021 and a blessed New Year.

I have never really been a fan of aggressive New Year's resolutions. When I realized many years ago that I was, more often than not and in short order, setting myself up to fail, I ditched the tradition and have never looked back! That said, with the safety net of God’s grace and mercy fixed firmly beneath me, I have learned the value of constructive introspection and a habit of reckoning. My dad’s example has certainly inspired me. He was an extraordinary accountant for many decades in our family’s business. His steps would quicken in the week leading up to the annual audit and his careful (and legal!) work would ultimately be validated.

This reflective, thoughtful first step into the great unknown postures me to better engage in goal setting, personally and professionally, even as COVID threatens our health and endeavors once again. Some plans are already necessarily in place for the spring semester—namely, the gathering of students of faith and not-yet believers—but I honestly cannot wait to spend time listening to God alone and with others to better discern his agenda. We will pray for you as you pray for us that we might all be sober-minded and filled with faith as we translate our hopes and aspirations into actionable steps (Ephesians 5:15-17; 1 Peter 4:7; 5:8; 2 Timothy 4:5).

The poem above was embedded in a devotional by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Enjoy this Sermon for New Year’s Day preached on January 1, 1885. There is truly “nothing new under the sun.”

Forever grateful for your partnership in the gospel,

Don Weiss
Ministry Director
Christian Union Gloria

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