Here we are with a new year and an open book of possibilities and challenges.
I believe it was C.S. Lewis who wrote, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream”. This quote came to mind as I deleted old emails and came across the one sent to the search committee (already a year ago!) with my resume. Much has transpired since then in my own life and in the life of this faith community.
Goals and dreams are an important aspect of faith; although we may not speak of them as such. Do you have a desire to read more scripture? How about a deeper relationship with God? Do you dream of the poor being fed? How about a church that is filled with people who live the call of Jesus to love one another as we have been loved by God?
If so, what are you planning to do about it?
The goals and dreams may be lofty and seem to be too much for us alone, but we must remember that we follow someone for whom miracles are a common occurrence.
We are to do the best we can with what we have and then expect God to fill in the cracks.
But, we must do our part. We can often become too busy or disillusioned to see
our small actions as the seeds planted for God’s miraculous mercies to take root.
The most wonderful thing about God, however, is that we don’t need a new year to
start again. A meme going around that made me chuckle reads: “I’ve decided my 2019
will start on February 1st. January is a free trial month.” With God, every moment of
every day brings the opportunity to work towards goals or to build the foundations
that will bring our dreams to reality. But, we must begin. We cannot wait for someone
else or another day. The moment is now.
I have found myself becoming a bit more reflective since my Mom’s death in October.
It has been a time to, once again, bask in the graces that God has offered me in my life. Even the challenges and heartbreaks brought me to a better place with God leading the way. This year will be no different and I can rest in that reality amid all the change.
I hope that the holiday season was a blessing for you and all those you love. I also pray that this coming year will see the sprouting and growth of the seeds you have planted in your own lives. God is working; even in the cold of January and February when life and growth seem far away. On that we can stand firm, no matter the year.
And, as always, let us keep each other in prayer. Happy New Year!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
God’s Blessings and Peace,
Rev. Carrie Orlando