Pastor’s Corner 1/6/19

It is a new year! 2019. Full of possibilities and opportunities. Have you made resolutions? Have you defined intentions for this year? Do you have goals you are aiming for in 2019? For Christmas, my kids got me a coffee mug which has a nutcracker on it with the words, “Crushing It.” It is now the wallpaper on my phone. A daily reminder not to sit back passively, but to crush 2019. The dawn of a new year is our annual chance to push reset. A natural point to get a fresh start. Which is usually accompanied by a list of things we hope to do. However, this attitude juxtaposed with winter makes an interesting contrast. For winter is a quiet season when life slows down. I learned last winter that I even need to walk slower so as not to fall on the ice! Winter has its own pace. Creation appears to be waiting while significant organic changes are happening under the surface. What if we applied that to our spiritual lives? Using winter as a season to make changes under the surface. We can take advantage of the quiet of winter to sit more, to reflect, to create space. The under-the-surface growth takes time. It requires space to let our spirit connect with God’s spirit. Perhaps a worthy goal for January is to take 5 minutes a day, or more if you can, to just sit in silence. Allow your spirit to settle. To dig your roots in the soil of God’s love. Don’t expect anything or evaluate the effectiveness of the time. Just sit and consciously open your soul to the presence of God. You might not see the visible fruit for months to come, but you can trust that the spirit of God is at work, deep under the surface. My prayer for us in this new year is Paul’s prayer for the people of Ephesus: “When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19 NLT) Walking on the path of grace into 2019!

Pastor Patti