From the Pastor’s Desk

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Happy New Year! Day one of those resolutions. We got this! Although
let us come back to those resolutions at the end of the month or in February
and see how it is going then. Each year we set dreams and hopes for the new
year and unfortunately it does not take long before the dreams are lost and
the hopes are forgotten.

We gain a new beginning. A fresh start. It is now after Christmas and I
am sure someone out there is already counting down the days until Christmas
2019. Yet there is work to be done first. There are several months to claim
and live before that moment.

As we begin a new year, we begin in the season of Epiphany in the life of the church. What a great
theme to claim…light in the midst of darkness. The prophet Isaiah gives this prophecy that the time would
come when light would overtake the darkness. The light would proclaim victory. This light is found in
Christ. We too have the light within us as children of God.
I appreciate Eugene Peterson’s words from The Message:

“Get out of bed, Jerusalem!
Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight.
GOD’s bright glory has risen for you.
The whole earth is wrapped in darkness,
all people sunk in deep darkness,
But GOD rises on you,
his sunrise glory breaks over you.”

You might better know this verse in this translation, “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the
glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” This is no time for darkness. This is the time of light. This is our
time to wake up and live into the light of God found in Jesus Christ.

The season of Epiphany is all about those light bulb moments of faith or as one parishioner likes to
put it, this is the time of “the 2x4 from God”. We cannot ignore the blessings found in Christ and given by
God. The world might claim that this is just our time of darkness and no hope. Yet as Christians we need
to say this is just not true. Look to Christ. Jesus is the answer. Jesus is our hope. Jesus is our light.
In your writing of your resolutions of the year and thinking new dreams and desires for the next
365 days, I as your Pastor ask one thing…somewhere in that process write down on paper or place in
your mind the words: “God is light—Christ is light—Shine bright child of God.” If it were up to me, this
would be our theme for the next year. Oh what the heck, let’s make this our theme of the year.
To help this become lived out then in our lives I want us to think of those places of darkness in
our churches, our communities, our homes, our families, our own lives. Then consider how this can be
changed with God at work in our lives. Where can we bring God’s light?
Where can we ourselves shine bright?

As I conclude this letter, I am already writing notes for January to begin this new adventure of living
God’s light. In the midst of resolutions of reading thru the Bible in the year and reading one more
book than last year which was a total of about 30.
I now add—“God is light—Christ is light—Shine bright child of God.”

Live God’s Light,
Pastor Kevin