I hope and pray that we all had the kind of Christmas that we wanted (and needed) – full of rest and gratitude and all the love we can handle.
This week is one of transition – Christmas has passed (the date, not the significance) and the New Year is around the corner. Maybe 2018 was the best year of you life… and maybe it wasn’t. Maybe you want to make some changes, and maybe you need to make some changes. Maybe you’ve endured more than you thought you could handle, maybe it’s been dark, lonely – or maybe the optimism you’ve chosen is coming out of your ears, and everything feels possible.
The truth is, no matter where you stand, where you’ve been, everything IS possible.
Every new year message I have ever given is based on this possibility. Where are we? Who are we? What do we want? Who have we been created to be? Who do we want to be? (And are the last 2 the same?) Are there things we need to pick up? Or put down? Start? Or stop? What about our relationships (with God and each other), are they healthy, life-giving? Or are we in desperate need of boundaries?
It’s exciting and terrifying, probably in equal parts. We’re standing on the edge of a precipice… It’s awesome, really, we can see for miles and miles in all directions.
The season following Christmas is called epiphany. It “commemorates both the revelation of Jesus Christ as God and his manifestation to the Gentiles,” “a moment of sudden and great revelation.” In other words, the baby has come, now what does it mean? To our world? And to us? What does it mean?
This is Sunday’s message, 10:30am at the Bridge. I invite you to come and we’ll walk into this together.