Let’s begin again. As always, every beginning is in the middle of what has already happened. Enter memories.
As far back as I can remember, whenever someone in my family dies, Ecclesiastes 3 is read at the funeral. You might think that would be a negative association for me, but...
Sovereign God, in moments of disappointment enable us to glimpse where your promises have been kept. Amen.
The beginning of the year marks several occasions for the people of the book to remember God’s works to set right all that is wrong in the world. This week we will remember the original Creation project that exposes God’s intention to form a people—communities of faithfulness. It’s a disrupting claim when we move from the Advent season of expectation into the season of Epiphany where we see clearly that our hopes are not yet realized. Each reading reminds us of God’s provision of opportunities to take the next leg of the journey toward the promised peace of God made known in Jesus.
Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-13. Consider what season of life you (and your community) find yourself in as we begin this new year.
Read Genesis 1:1-5. How might this year begin a season of seeing through the chaos so that your actions show others the beauty God continues to create?
Read Psalm 29. Choose a word that you will hold throughout the coming year that enables you to acknowledge God presence in all things, every day.
Read Acts 19:1-7. What relationships hold you accountable for demonstrating God’s presence among those who are not members of your community?
Read Mark 1:4-11. How does your life reflect that your primary identity—one baptized with the Holy Spirit—is a witness to God made known in Jesus?
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