January 1, 2020

Dear Friends,

A number of people, as they wished me a Happy New Year, have shared with me the certainty that 2020 will be a good year. Perhaps it is simply the pleasing symmetry of the number 2020 that gives us a good feeling, but I believe it is the persistent ability of the people of God to look with hope toward the future.

This is not a blind or unrealistic hope. It is not that 2020 will find us suddenly free of imperfections, or that our lives will miraculously become trouble-free. Rather, this hope is born out of our renewed conviction that God, with unfailing love and generosity, comes again and again to be with us, to live each day with us, and that we will learn more and more how to be with God.

Regardless of how dark the present night might seem, the light of Christ and the love which brought him to earth, which brought him to us then, now, and forever, continues to live in us. Assured of God with us, we are never fully in darkness, never without hope.

How will we learn that love? How will we grow in love so that we cease to wait for others to become like us, cease to wait for what is due to us, and instead learn how we ourselves move and grow and change in order to be, and be one, with all of God’s creation? This is the lesson before us in 2020 and throughout our years on this earth. As we grow in our understanding of and dedication to this love, God’s kingdom becomes more and more visible on earth, and God’s future and our present grow closer together.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth …
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
‘See the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them’”
Revelation 21:1a, 3

We look forward to 2020 with bright eyes, open hearts, and brave spirits.
Happy New Year, Beloved of God!

In the peace and love of Christ,

Pastor Michelle