Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that we have been together for five months! It is funny how time flows. It feels as though we have been together for a lot longer … and I mean that in a good way! You have been so welcoming, you have been so gracious and kind, it feels as though we have returned home. This has been a wonderful family gathering, thank you for all that you have done for us and with us!
Entering into a new year is the perfect time for self-reflection. We look at our lives, our habits and practices and we think of things that we might change or ways that we might improve ourselves. Some of us go through the exercise of coming up with resolutions for the year, and then most of us quickly abandon them in favor of our old, comfortable ways.
There is something about the year 2020 that feels different. Perhaps the association with perfect vision makes the desire for introspection more compelling.
In a world full of bitterness and division … what can we do to bring people together?
In a world in which people are victimized and stigmatized by hatred and anger … what can we do to support those who are cast aside?
In a world in which families struggle to feed their children … what can we do to offer them a place at the table?
In a world in which people sleep on the streets and in their cars … what can we do to offer them shelter?
As people who have heard the Gospel of Love and follow the Way of Jesus Christ … what can we do to embody that message? How do we make it real and active in our lives?
In a schedule that is busy … how do we make time for prayer?
In a world that is increasingly secular … how do we proclaim a message of faith?
As a church family and as individuals, we must pause and consider these questions, and so many more. We must take the message of the Christmas pageant and carry it forward into the world. The gifts that we offer are not restricted to Christmas Day. The Good News of the child in the manger is for the whole world. The call to love and serve our neighbors is for all people.
In the coming days and weeks, we will worship together and pray together, we will learn together and play together. We will continue to deepen our relationships with one another and explore the ways that we can live out our relationships with God and with Jesus Christ. This will not be a fleeting resolution, but rather a life-long commitment.
May 2020 be a year of blessings!
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