2021 in the Rearview Mirror

One of the questions I was asked in my Q and A with Me post yesterday was whether I would make any New Years Resolutions and how I would celebrate New Years. My reply was basically not sure and that I am cynical about New Years. My thought is that the problems I had on December 31 are still there on January 2.

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But I thought I would reflect on 2021 now that it is one day away from being completely in the rearview mirror.

The year brought about unexpected changes as each year does. So here are the highlights of those changes.

My Ministry

After 14 months of not being able to have my weekend groups at church because of COVID, we started again in May. It has been a blessing to have a 78 year old woman from my church join us on Sundays, Our Spanish speaking friends love that she tries to learn new Spanish words. The Lord brought some new Spanish speaking friends to my group and one of them also meets with me for help with English, so she can become a dentist here like she was in Venezuela.

Teaching

My colleague who I had worked with for seven years retired. We made a great team. First semester was a rewarding challenge as I took over her role. With it being another COVID year, there were challenges, but Jesus was there to help all the way.

I also returned to teaching at the college in person in the evenings. It had been 18 months since I stepped foot in the classroom there.

Health

FINALLY, emphasis FINALLY, I was diagnosed with something I suspected five years ago before going on the long and winding road of specialists. I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis in June and started medication. It was five years to the month in March that a Dermatologist diagnosed me with Psoriasis from the time I told my GP I thought I had Psoriatic Arthritis. That led to an appointment in June with a Rheumatologist.

Blogging

One of the things I enjoy most about blogging is meeting new people. It has been a blessing to connect with new blogging friends in the USA and also from places like the UK, Canada, Kenya, The Philippines, and more. For me blogging is more about the interactions with others than it is about stats.

Will I do anything for New Years? It depends. I might go to a celebration at a Hispanic Church, but the artic weather that is all over Canada right now is supposed to drop down here for a brief visit, so if it is super cold, I might just stay home and watch Lord of the Rings. πŸ™‚

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

22 thoughts on “2021 in the Rearview Mirror

  1. Happy New Year! I pray for your health and renewed strength and the upcoming year be filled great things, connected to God’s dynamic purpose and plan for your life.

  2. You had a fruitful 2021. Many challenges showed up but God was faithful. I’ve never seen Lord of the rings lol. I guess I should watch it tooπŸ€—

  3. My wife and I are not big revelers of the New Year. We will spend a quiet evening at home, but we are looking forward to New Year’s Day. Since we had to postpone our family Christmas here in Ohio (due to granddaughter’s possible, yet unsuccessful exposure to Covid), we will enjoy a dual celebration with family.

  4. Thank you for sharing some highlights of your life. I can see that it has been a rewarding and fulfilling year for you despite all the challenges in your health and Covid. May God continues to bless your ministry.

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