So a new, unwritten chapter begins as we awaken to the blank pages of 2017! I’m one to hold goals and dreams loosely since I know the unwieldy nature of my own will, and the power in seeking first the heart of God.
Because of my unwieldy will, I also reject the popular notion of New Year’s resolutions — however, I’m intrigued by author Parker Palmer’s idea of creating New Year’s revolutions that help us claim a commitment to stand against injustices in our world. I like to think this really means deepening our commitment to Christ’s way, participating in setting the oppressed free, in peacemaking and spreading love.
Our New Year’s revolutions begin by identifying and unleashing our unique, God-given spiritual gifts for unfolding a meaningful year participating in God’s revolution. Yet, this takes discipline — carving out quiet time daily for reading scripture while contemplating the heart of God and God’s desires for us in this place and time. It means shutting out the world, giving up petty New Year’s resolutions, poising ourselves like deers in the silent wood with ears perked, awaiting God’s voice and direction, heeding the words of the prophet Isaiah, “when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.”
Sometimes God will ask us to forgive someone, or forgive ourselves, or to feed the hungry, or create an art project that helps someone heal. Sometimes we’ll hear a deeper call to faith, a call to “walk on water”, a sense these past days of God’s call for me in 2017.
In turning our gaze toward the heart of God in faith, in listening for God’s call, together we blast our tailor-made revolutions into a dark night!
You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden. – Matthew 5:14
You are all children of light, and children of the day. We don’t belong to the night, nor to darkness.-1Thessalonians 5:5
HAPPIEST 2017! May it be a blessed year immersed in God’s unfolding love.
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