by: Gillian Ford
contributor: Lee Anderson-Harris, Minister of Care
It is that peaceful (theoretically) week in between the days of Christmas and New Year. It is the time to reflect on the entry of Jesus the Christ into the world, and look forward to the hopes of the new year. The looking back and looking forward are bound together, not separate. In John 1:4 we read "What came into being through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people" (CEB). We ponder and celebrate the coming of Immanuel, God with us, each year, knowing that Christ has always been and will always be present with us. Yet each year, Christ's presence might mean something new and different for you as you journey along the path of the Christian faith. Jesus was born so that we may have abundant life, and this life is a light for you. How might this light illuminate your world in the coming year?
I hope that you will join me this Sunday as we ponder and celebrate together! It will be the simple and peaceful worship that is fitting for this time of year: We will sing familiar carols that celebrate the birth of Jesus, and following my message will be a time for quiet reflection and prayer to lead you into the New Year. If you are unable to attend worship this Sunday, I encourage you to set aside time for your own reflection and prayer as you welcome Christ and the New Year. Read John 1:1-18 and savor the words. What does this passage say to you? How might you enter into the mystery and welcome the Light into your life?
May you be blessed in this New Year, and truly experience the Christ!