As I write this, it is getting close to the holiday season, there’s a bit of snow on the ground and, as the song goes, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”
That being said – 2019 has not been my favorite year. From medical issues in my own family to a social and political environment that just seems to get more and more contentious each day, to concerns within our own congregation about finances, safety and security – it’s been a wild 12 months.
But, throughout all of that, I am constantly being reminded how, when things feel very dark, there is always someone willing to step up and do whatever needs to be done. When something is broken or needs replacement there’s always someone willing to say, “I can do that.” When someone is sick, there’s always someone offering to drive someone to an appointment or to bring over a meal, or just to sit and spend time and offer comfort and companionship.
We truly do have a remarkable community at Heritage. The people that bless us with their presence each week bring with them an extraordinary variety of skills and life experience, and they – I should say YOU – are always willing and ready to offer up the time, the energy and the love that you carry within you.
As you read this, the holidays will be behind us; the new year will be upon us; and with that, the promise that the Winter will give way to Spring. The days will get longer, the sun will shine again and there are brighter things in our future. And we will be there – together – through it all.
So here’s to the new year – with blessings and gratitude – for the joys we will share and the lessons we will learn.
for January 2020.