Tarek El Mahaba 2018 - Page 43

The Meaning Beyond the End of the Year “You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drips with abundance.” (Psalm 65:11) A year has passed and, if God allows, we will receive a new year. We thank the Lord God for He has kept us until this hour. End of year resembles the end of our lives on earth. Therefore, we need to bless the Lord’s name by living according to the spirit. Repentance is the beginning of the spiritual life. When we get to understand that our lives on earth is just the preparation for the immortal life, we start living a life of repentance. In our holy church, repentance and confession is one of the seven sacraments that all of us should practice regularly. Also, the life of true faith is linked with the spiritual life and its fruits are strength, peace, and courage. True faith helps us to live a life of purity and righteousness. so, they did not waste it. Instead, they used it to repent and do good deeds. They lived a life of repentance and through them we learn from their model way of life. They presented a vivid picture to the true children of God. We ask the Lord Almighty to guide and lead us from the beginning of the Let us learn from the year to its end. Amen life of our spiritual forefathers. Time was so precious to them, 43