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1 Samuel 7:12...Hitherto (Thus far) hath the LORD helped us.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

In 1 Samuel 7, Samuel challenges the house of Isreal to put away their idols and prepare their hearts unto the Lord. They followed Samuel's direction, acknowledged their sin before the Lord and sought His protection. The Lord rewarded their faithfulness, and they remembered Him with these words "Thus far hath the LORD helped us". In Hebrews 13:8, we recognize the eternal nature of Jesus Christ - he was in the beginning, is now and forever will be.

As we look back on 2007, we can see where the Lord helped us - comforting in times of pain, guiding, protecting, encouraging, inspiring, correcting and bringing together. That same God who was with us in 2007 is the God of all creation - all things were made by him and without him nothing was made. He has been a great help in the past.

He's the God of today - always available to the believer, but also the unbeliever at the very moment they are ready to meet him. I can surely say that today, the Lord is helping me.

And He's the God of eternity - He'll be there to the very end (to the extent that eternity has an "end") - unchanging, unfailing. He will be a help forever, and that certainly includes 2008.

In remembering what God has done for us in 2007, we can rejoice in knowing that he's equally with us today and he looks forward to being with us through the new year.

At our house 2007 was a relatively quiet year. We had the death of a older grandparent, which came with sadness but also comfort. We had the birth of a nephew which was a blessing (3 more nephews and I'll have a baseball team:)). I lost a great mentor at church, but was truly blessed to have spent much time with him in the years preceding his death and to have been able to visit with him a day or two before he passed.

I went through some vaguely interesting job shuffling within my company which was a good opportunity, but more a change of pace than a promotion. We attempted to downsize the house, but met the downturn in the triangle real estate market head-on, so we're still in the same place. My wife had some back trouble which was treatable with physical therapy & exercise. I was recruited from the sidelines into Sunday School teaching after a year away from youth ministry.

From a fishing perspective, I got more involved with NCangler and continued to appreciate the ability to mix my earthly passion for fishing with my spiritual passion for the Lord and his word. I started fishing the salt for the first time and caught a few of NC's delights. I had a fantastic summer of open water trolling from the kayak - great exercise, great fun. Caught some outstanding white bass, some decent largemouth and a few surprises here and there.

2007 wasn't a year of records, fame or fortune, but I count it all a great blessing and its clear that the Lord's hand was helping me throughout. Teaching, inspiring, if even just helping me learn to be content with what he's provided.

In all these things the Lord helped me in 2007 just as he has in past years, and just as he will next year. As you look back on 2007, I hope you can see where he helped you, and I hope you can remember that he's always there, always helping and will be there throughout 2008 and beyond.

God Bless and Good Fishing to all!
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