As we transition into the new Year of 2018,
we do with a sense of being prepared for what we will live in a new year.
For this last several weeks we focused,
first, on being and building resilience, reminding ourselves that with God's
loving presence and our willingness to be resilient, that we can not only
survive, but even thrive in, through, and beyond trauma. Resilience does
not mean we will not suffer, fail, or hurt, but being resilient means we seek,
as much as we possibly can, to live fully and love extravagantly. Being
resilient is not easy, and building resilience is even more challenging.
In a way, our theme for
Advent--#DoNotBeAfraid, has been building on living resiliently, when we decide
we are going to choose resilience in order to live more authentically, but we
choose resilience in order to help others be more resilient. We have heard
amazing stories of people being resilient and living without being overwhelmed
by fear. We are ready.
As we begin this New Year, 2018, let us
commit ourselves as individuals, and as a church, to choose to be resilient, to
choose not to be afraid, and live more fully into God's love as we take
compassion, mercy, peace, and justice into our world--into our own lives, into
our relationships, into our nation, into our world, and into all creation.
We cannot know, we cannot forsee, what
possibilities for fullness of life and love are before us in 2018, but we can
step into a New Year with the determination that to the best of our ability,
with God's help, we will not be afraid, we will draw deeply on our resilience,
and we will proclaim in words and action God's way of love.
Thank you for being a great church and for
the opportunities to be in ministry together.
May we all know more God's love as we seek
to: Connect, Love, Serve.
Happy New Year!
Grace and peace.