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A Word from Our Pastor

 

New Year

 

I think the most important thing to us about the New Year is sim- ply that it is new. We think it gives us a chance to start over again and create a better life for ourselves. Thus we have the concept of New Year’s resolutions which formalize the feeling of a new be- ginning that comes with the New Year. If you are anything like I am, unfortunately, New Year’s resolutions seem to be an exercise in futility. All you need to do to verify that is check my waistline. For me the New Year is no longer a sign of new hope, other than the fact that I almost always get to sleep in.

 

Hope is a precious commodity. We wither and die without it yet when hope is present not only can we endure far beyond anything we might have reason to expect but life seems brighter even in the extremely difficult situations. If the New  Year  cannot  help  where  do  we turn? The truth though is that putting our faith in the way the earth revolves around the sun is probably as silly as it seems. Besides that the real New Year should be December 21st but some crazy monk got his dates all mixed up over a thousand years ago.

New really comes from God, the one who said let there be light and there was light seems to have a lock on things like that. Even creativity is, I believe, tied to God’s presence, a gift from the true muse so to speak. So what does all of this have to do with hope?  John pretty well ties this up on the Book of Revelation.

And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true." Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

Revelation 21:5-7

Not only are all things made new but all this comes with God’s presence in our new lives as children of God and our hope is fulfilled even as we are allowed to drink from the spring of the water of life. Frankly that beats New Year’s Resolution silly. Our hope, as St Paul tells us is truly laid up for us in Heaven. Our hope of New life, of being able to put away old habits, old ways of life are available to us all the time, not just at the New Year because God is with us.

This does not mean that I believe thinking about new life and change are a bad thing to do as the New Year settles about us. But instead of creating a list of resolutions you can’t keep, try praying to the God who can indeed make all things new, the God who keeps your hope for you in heaven.

Pastor Jim Bliss
January
2015