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Jan 9
Happy New Year and God’s Blessings Beloveds!
As we enter a brand-new year, I pray that the year brings for each of us great joy, coveted peace, the fulfillment of our dreams and safety. Still more, I have a profound sense of hope and newness and not because tradition asserts that the “New Year” is our chance for new things. Instead, because time and again, we have seen that “God makes All Things New” especially during times such as the outgoing year which was filled with too much anxiety and stress regarding the well-being, safety and/or legal status of countless people throughout the country. After all, “Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle” (Crystal Middlemas).
Love’s “new path” is not the same as the cultural pressure to make resolutions in the new year. Resolutions tend to be more about individual self-improvement, personal re-invention, or human effort. Also consider that when we typically speak of the “new”, what we mean is more like “improved.” The fact is, even the most faithful among us find it difficult to imagine a world much different from the one that we already have. Most of us don’t like new things; we don’t like to start over; we don’t even like the idea of changing the status quo (i.e., Latin for the mess that we’re in). Love’s “new paths” are about us turning our visions to active love, again and again.
Blessedly, God is forever stirring up our nest; redirecting our steps; and changing our circumstances so that we never ever become spiritually comfortable in one place, doing one thing. God invites us to push beyond all the old rules and all the expectations of what can and can’t be; and what should and should not be. And if there is need of encouragement, contemplate the words of the prophet Isaiah (43:18-19):
“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Behold, I am doing a new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
These words of encouragement are particularly shared for every victim of injustice and oppression; as well as the victims of those subtle and the not-so-subtle exclusions that too many of us know all too well. For those who are afraid to attempt new things; too afraid of who might see; too afraid of who might laugh, just know that as the old song says, “A Change Is Gonna Come“.
So, as this new year begins, and we move into a season of taking-action, what then shall we propose for our year ahead? A better life? A kinder world? But hopefully, not more of the same old us? This is our time. “Be Bold; Be Brave” and Cut a New Path!”
Yours in fellowship…. Reverend Gale Jones, Executive Pastor

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