I’ve started putting less emphasis on years. Maybe it’s a side effect of turning forty-two, but looking to dates on a calendar for closure hasn’t really gotten me anywhere lately. Last year we went into a new year ready to build on some momentum only for spiking Covid rates to force us back into virtual worship for the month.
Though I wish we hadn’t had to do it, I don’t regret doing it. It was important, it made sense, and even if slowed down our bounce back from the Pandemic, we did the right thing in a difficult time and at the end of the day, that is what the people of God are CALLED to do.
We don’t do things because they are easy. We don’t do things because they’re popular. We do things because God calls us to do them.
All that to say, I don’t know what will come in the next twelve months. In 2022, it involved reclosing our doors to help protect our community from a sickness we’d all REALLY hoped had been dealt with, with no such luck. It was a bummer way to start the year, but we did it, and we’re coming up to the end, having done our part, and not only did we make it, we seem to be coming out in the black.
Hopefully, sickness closing is behind us. But there will be another difficult thing, and then something beyond that. I hope, as this new time comes, we will continue to do the difficult right thing, and continue to show how God’s blessings work with us, even in those times.
And hey, if God calls us to do some easy, fun, and popular things in the meantime, that will be nice, too.
Happy New Year!