“We will not succeed by our own strength or power but by My Spirit, says the God of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)
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Happy New Year’s Family!
As I prepared this message, I struggled trying to find the right words to say. Having experienced ruthless political conflict; threats of terroristic social division, and now, chatter of a renewed nuclear arms race, I recognize that more than a few people may not feel the usual gaiety of second chances and fresh starts as we exit an old year. Still, at a minimum, I pray that 2017 brings for each of us some joy, coveted peace, the fulfillment of our dreams and safety for everyone.
Regardless of where we stand however, concerning the ushering in of a new year, there should be some reflection on our lives and our world about the things accomplished in the past year, the things we never got around to doing and of course the things we wished we never happened. Was the outgoing year filled with joy and peace or anxiety and stress? Then we should think about the future and ask ourselves not just “what do I want my life to look like one year from now” but also”how do we collectively join efforts to mitigate human struggling?”
As I offered at the start of 2016, this means that instead of simply looking out for “me and mine” only, we also recognize and engage the need we have for each other. And even though “Everyone Matters”, a “Black Lives Matter” or a “Trans Live Matter” movement does not negate this. They are merely lanes in justice work that people choose and decide to work in. Find your lane and work it. After all, to borrow a piece of a quote from Maimie Till, “…what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all.”
During our time of self-reflection, let us not forget how easy it is for us to become self-absorbed; how easy it is for us to dwell on what has happened to us; or how easy it is for us to focus only on all the wrong and bad things that have happened. Instead, as followers of the Christ, we must remember to look beyond ourselves to God, who has always loved us and always will. Embracing this knowledge opens eyes to seeing that we can find hope, meaning, and peace, even during hard times.
When we expect nothing from the outer world and everything from the Divine within us, our inner wealth – i.e., All the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy – come from peace. It is brought to the front only at God’s Choice Hour. When we expect something from the world, we are likely to meet with frustration. But when we expect and hope in God, God fills us beyond our imagination to point of finding meaning and purpose.
So, in this New Year, let us open wide our mouths and call on God so that God can answer us and show us that God will do big things for we who believe. And at a minimum, I wish everyone a successful new year, praying that we always look first to God as our Source.
Yours in fellowship…. Reverend Gale Jones, Executive Pastor