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Ministry Notes

January 2021

A new year… A New Year… A NEW YEAR!!!

I saw a meme the other day that said, “When January 1st gets here, hindsight will be 2020.” I thought there was some humor in that, but also a lot of wisdom! To me it means that the suffering of 2020 will give us all some clarity. And perhaps that clarity will be some insight about what really matters…

One of the things that matters to me, and especially after celebrating Christmas, is presence. I’m not going to take that for granted anymore. For the new year, my biggest hope is to be together, with my family, with my friends, with our congregations. I want so badly to shake hands, to hug, to see smiles, to feel pats on the back, to be among people…

Let’s keep that hope alive. Let’s pray for it; let’s do what we can to get this pandemic behind us.

I also hope to explore what living through 2020 can bring us for the healing of our country. We’ve lived through a tumultuous election, and I’m concerned that the fabric of our society is tearing apart. The Body of Christ is the common bond that keeps us all together and especially in the midst of our differences.

That means church is not only relevant, it is of paramount importance! Perhaps the only place in our society where we hear that we all have something in common. Whether we are Republicans or Democrats, or Fox News people or CNN people, and that something we all have in common is Jesus. And this really matters!

I hope for a second coming of sorts… Perhaps a time of civility for our country… Perhaps a time of respect for one another. As division increases, the Body of Christ becomes ever more important.

And to be truthful, for me this means I need to listen. And listen so deeply I might change because of what I hear. And the change is not always a matter of the head, as much as it is a matter of the heart. To listen means to open and to love.

This is something our society desperately needs. Let’s model that, and let’s hope our country can find a way to heal. Let’s keep that hope alive, as well.

Blessings to all of you, Brothers and Sisters, and may this New Year bring us all Peace and Joy!


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