By the time you read this, Christmas 2019 will have passed into memory and we will be poised on the brink of 2020. Can you believe it? Weren’t we just celebrating the arrival of 2000 a few years ago?
Many of us get a chance to pause right before the New Year before plunging back into work or school or simply surviving, while some of us need to work straight through the holidays. Be extra kind to those who simply cannot take time off, whether they are medical personnel, first responders, package deliverers, retail staff or some other job or profession. Family caregivers, too, deserve our extra love and consideration.
If you do have a moment to sit and catch your breath, this can be a fertile time, a time that songwriter Carrie Newcomer calls “the beautiful not yet.” What are you hoping to see happen in the New Year? What are you willing to work for? How will you take care of yourself and the ones you love?
In this beautiful-not-yet time, know that your church community is here for you. We will laugh, cry, sing, and pray with you. We will hold you when you are hurting, rejoice with you when you are glad, celebrate with you when that beautiful-not-yet time comes to fruition.
The New Year is a great time to form new intentions. Form the intention to come to church every Sunday this year. (Yes, we know that this is nigh on impossible for most of us, but form that intention anyway.) We need to you be part of our circle of sorrow, circle of sadness, circle of anger, circle of joy. We need you to hold us as we will hold you.
May your New Year be merry and bright.