2013... It is a new year...
Not a bad thing, at all. Yet, if you are a Downton Abbey fan (and who, who has seen it, is not?) then you will remember this brief exchange between Robert, Lord Grantham and his mother, Violet, the Dowager Countess:
Violet: "Nineteen Twenty! Is it to be believed? I feel as old as Methuselah."
Robert: "But so much prettier."
Violet: "When I think what the last ten years has brought, God knows what we're in for now."
Precisely! God knows what we're in for now.
God is taking us from here to a new there.
God’s journey is about exploration, it involves possibility and trust, it’s about a changing landscape, it has a destination we always want to keep before us, it has a road map (the Bible)—and it is where God reminds us, among other things, we’re not there yet.
As we continue forward into God’s future, let’s especially focus on three goals—
- to grow our faith upward
- to send our faith outward
- and to pass our faith onward
With enormous gratitude to God for the gift of this wonderful church—let’s recommit ourselves to God, to our church, and to each other as we continue the journey and answer the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.