"This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."
~ John 15: 8
The alarm went off this morning and immediately I thought, "Today is the last day of the year." It's not uncommon for us to dwell on the past, while wondering about the future on a day like today. My feet touched the floor, and I was thankful that at the end of the year I am still able to rise, and begin my day. The dogs began their morning ritual, although slower today because it is cold outside, but yet, they know that as soon as their morning outing is done, they will be rewarded with a treat before they head back to bed, as I prepare to head out the door.
Today I am realizing that New Year's is about taking the time to imagine what you could be, do, or create in the next year. It's amazing how the tearing off of one calendar month, and looking to the next, has so much power in our life. It makes the previous eleven look less important, however, every day should be met with as much expectation as the one we have been provided today.
This morning should actually be a lesson about living each day. Not just imagining a different life, but a different world, where all the people are focused on peace and mending fences.
A world where there is no poverty, and where crimes and wars are only found in literature.
Just imagine a world where there is no longer fear, doubt, or pain. No longer terrible divisions, revenge-seekers, hostility, bitterness, or rage.
Just imagine a world where every person, created in the image of God, realizes the image, is moved to act as vessels of the living Christ, and takes the time to allow God's Spirit to be known among us all.
It is what we should imagine for us each and every day.
Happy New Year, and Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.