Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Happy New Year!
This turning of the page in
the calendar has always seemed so significant to me – that on THIS day we begin
a new year – another celestial voyage around the sun! If I didn’t have a
calendar, though, I don’t suppose I would know the new year from the old - the
days flow one into another the same way regardless, whether it’s a new day or a
new week, month, or year.
I suppose we need certain
days to be set aside as milestones on our chronological journey, even if those
dates are subjectively chosen. Lots of us will make new year’s resolutions this
year as so many of us have done in the past. We’re going to lose weight! We’re
going to get and stay organized! We’re going to finish that project once and
I stopped sharing my new
year’s resolutions long ago because I never keep them. Long ago, my most
important measure of time became the week – one Sunday morning’s worship until
the next. And I have to tell you, it’s not a bad way to live.
Every Sunday morning, we
leave each other’s presence in worship with a benediction – a Latinate word
that means a “well-spoken word.” It is an aspiration of goodness said for the
benefit of all of us! Perhaps a resolution that we can all keep is to speak
spoken word to each other in the new year – a word of encouragement and hope.
Here’s a benediction for the New Year for all of us:
/ Blessing And
a stain of ocean
John O’Donohue Blackens
there come across the waters
the day when A
path of yellow moonlight
weight deadens To
bring you safely home.
you stumble, May
the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clay dance May
the clarity of light be yours,
balance you. May
the fluency of the ocean be yours,
the protection of the ancestors be
when your eyes Yours.
grey window And
so may a slow
the ghost of loss Wind
work these words
into you, Of
love around you,
a flock of colours, An
red, green To
mind your life.
to awaken in you With
every hope for the New Year,
A meadow of delight.
the canvas frays Mary
In the currach of thought The Rev. Dr. Mary
N. Pugh, Pastor