Jan18FriJanuary 18, 2019 Rev. Ed Hoekstra
As we start the new year, we ask the question, “What is new?” Of course so the year is new and we wonder what new experiences await us this year. Do you view the new year with fear or with wonder about what is ahead?
I want you to imagine for a moment. Theologian Henri Nouwen asks us to Imagine that each day, each hour and each minute is a new beginning – a opportunity to see or make something new. Use your imagination to think of each moment as pregnant with new life and full of promises. Imagine as you move day by day into the new year that a voice is saying to you that your life is a gift and a more beautiful gift than you allow yourself to see. Imagine.
As we become older our past becomes longer and we tend to listen to the past and are not as open to the voice of God for the future. This voice of the past goes something like this: There is nothing new. What is ahead is more of the same of what was before. Just try to survive it as best as you can.
Do not let yourself be fooled by this voice. If we keep listening to this voice, its message will become our reality because our expectations will be low and our imagination diminished because we have crowded out the voice of God’s Holy Spirit.
As you look ahead into the new year, what is your response? We are to turn away from the negative voice of the past and open our eyes, our minds and hearts to what God has done and is doing in the world. Listen to this voice spoken through scripture from Revelations 21: 3b-5, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them (Jesus- Emmanuel meaning God with Us). They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new! ”Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (The New International Version).