Hope-filled 2017. 

As I wrote these words parts of the world have entered next year. Here in Minnesota we are still more than 10 hours away. 

Life and its journey’s amaze me. At the beginning of 2016 if you were to tell me I would be doing what I do now and the year of death would have had its hand in this year the way it has, I would have never believed you. I work for a sound engineering/D.J. company called D.J. Systems go ahead, google us. I am amazed at the blessings that have transpired just in the few short months since August for my bride and I simply because of this opportunity with this company. 

We are also blessed because my bride’s father, as those of you who have followed my blog for a while know, has a few forms of cancer and is in the end stages of one of the worst causes of death I have ever witnessed, alzheimer’s. The creation of this disease is the worst form of torture I have ever witnessed and I have witnessed it personally in my father-in-law and his wife and my bride. It doesn’t only affect its carrier, it affects everyone that person loves and loses as more time passes. It can create violence as well as loss of memories of loved ones and lifelong events. It can create sadness as well as overwhelming joy. From what I have seen, it is torture. But, we had the opportunity to spend a few more days with my bride’s father, even though they were not all pleasant moments. So, we are blessed. 

I want to encourage you all today as we enter a new year to look at things in a different way. Yes, there are some painful moments in life. That doesn’t mean they cannot be turned into a positive. Even cancer and alzheimer’s has brought me to meet new people and be a person of compassion and love for those who this disease affects every single day. Without my wife, I wouldn’t have that chance. 

Two years ago I met the owner of D.J. Systems and, in passing, he mentioned he may be looking to hire someone to help. Now, in 2017 we are taking the company to new heights. Blessed! 

I want 2017 to be the year of positive outlooks, even in the face of adversity. I live in The United States Of America. We have a nation that is being divided by so many things. Many see our incoming President as a man not fit for the job. He hasn’t done the job yet, so I honestly cannot say. He has said some concerning things, but actions speak louder than any words. I am remaining positive that God will have a hand in the outcomes of the year and I have faith it will all be for good, even if the world doesn’t see it as such. 

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. Through Hin we can do all things in 2017 and it can be a great year filled with hope and blessings. 


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