WORD FROM THE PASTOR - JANUARY 2022
“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 from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.’” (Rev. 21:5-7)
These words were given to the church by the apostle John in the book of Revelation. They were true for the church then, and they are true for the church now. God, the beginning and the end, the all in all, has made, is making, and will make all things new. Each moment, each day, each week, each month, each year is the opportunity to allow God to create within us something new. Who we were yesterday is not exactly who we are today and who we are today is not exactly who we will be tomorrow. Our experiences shape who we are. The decisions we have made led us to who we are and where we are today. Each new decision is an opportunity for God to create something new.
This newness isn’t just for us individually, but as a community of believers as well. Through the trials and challenges, the joys and celebrations we become something more or different than we were before. Each year we are given the opportunity to see how true this is. We are able take a moment to look back at what has transpired in the previous year and how it has shaped and changed us. We are able to see where God has upheld us, challenged us, supported us and moved us forward.
Creation is messy, and it can be painful. Bringing new life into the world brings with it a willingness to say good-bye. It means saying good-bye to what we have known and who we were. It means saying good-bye to expectation and being willing to embrace what is. Saying good-bye is painful. Yet there is hope.
Newness has potential and opportunity. It has momentum and energy. We don’t know what is to come, but we know who does. We know who holds us. We know the promise that has been made to us – “I will be their God and they will be my children.” Our Heavenly Father knows us, sees who we are and who we are being transformed into. God has promised to be with us and make us new. May we feel this embrace of God in the coming year. As we now come into 2022, may we be open to the new things God is doing within and among us.
Serving with you in Christ,