Ok! I will join all the others in saying it … Wow, did this year go by fast! There … I said it.
Actually, it did. It seems like just last week we were all trying to figure out how to push through that continuous two feet of snow that stayed on the ground all through the winter. Well, maybe it seems more like a month ago, but you get my point. For me, 2014 was more like a furious run down Milan Dragway than a leisurely cruise along a country lane.
Still, it was a time of discovery and promise. 2014 was a year of discovering how much and in what amazing ways the Holy Spirit is alive and stirring within us, within our church, and within our community. As well, that discovery surfaced ideas and images of how we may transform those stirrings into very tangible actions that serve to make Christ’s presence very real and visible to both ourselves and the world in which we live. I am guessing that this already has you thinking of many of those ideas, images and actions that were a part of the life of this church, and the lives of one another.
And now, we find ourselves right at the beginning of 2015 … the start of another year and the opportunity to look ahead at what this new year will mean and bring for us.
I believe that 2015 will be a year when those stirrings continue their transformation into action, and with God’s Spirit being revealed in ways we cannot even begin to yet imagine. And as we know that “for God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27), we also know that amazing experiences and growth of all kinds are right in front of us. We will address personal and community challenges in creative and effective ways. We will see opportunities in places that may have looked bleak in the past. We will be a faith community that demonstrates our calling to live out the very Spirit that lives within each one of us. How exciting!
Do you feel this same excitement for this coming year? I think we have every good reason to, for Jesus tells us through the Scriptures that our belief in him virtually guarantees us a way of living that is beyond our wildest imaginations (see John 14:12 above). Again I say … how exciting!
May such excitement and confidence for this coming year be evident in our church, our households, and our hearts.
Blessings upon you and those who dwell in your heart … Pastor Bob