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Bishop Graves: A look forward into 2022

1/4/2022

By Kara Witherow, Editor

Bishop David Graves doesn’t know what 2022 holds, but one thing he knows for certain: God is faithful.

“I don’t know what 2022 is going to bring to us. It could be challenging in many ways,” he said in a new video. “There have been many years (in history) that have been challenging, but God’s faithfulness has always been there and God’s faithfulness will be with us. And I want us to lean into that.”

As he looks forward to the new year, Bishop Graves acknowledges the difficulties of the previous two years but encourages South Georgia United Methodists to continue doing what they do so well: building relationships, loving people, and being the Church.

“We’re called to be the church,” he said. Having just celebrated Advent and Christmas and the hope, love, and peace that has come, “that’s what our world needs now in the midst of whatever is coming forward.”

Bishop Graves praised South Georgia congregations for the ways in which they have pivoted and shifted to minister in the past two years. He said he’s encouraged by the ways needs are being met.

“You’ve been feeding people, clothing people, you’ve been meeting needs. You’ve walked alongside people that have walked through the valley of the shadow of death,” he said. “You have been an encouragement. And so that’s what brings me great hope.”

The entire Bible – from Genesis to Revelation – reveals God’s faithfulness, he said, and that’s one place Bishop Graves finds hope to face an uncertain future.

“You see God’s faithfulness through all the 66 books of the Bible, all through the scriptures. You see the gospels that begin the New Testament begin to radiate this great hope in the ministry and vision that Jesus the Christ gives us,” he said.

He urged South Georgia United Methodists to look to scripture and to the world around them for signs of hope and encouragement.

“And so, in the midst of all that’s happening around us, great is God’s faithfulness. And if you’ll just pause and begin to look for that, you will witness and experience that in ways that you just maybe didn’t see.”

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