January note from the Pastor
For New Year’s, a friend of mine gave this quote by Joseph Campbell, “We
must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is
waiting for us.” Campbell was not a Christian thinker. He did not write
this specifically for Christ followers.
But is it nonetheless true for Christians, too? How often, when we follow
God’s will, do we find ourselves walking a path totally different than the
one we had mapped out, as if we were in charge.
Once I heard I heard a Christmas sermon called
“The Christ of Interruptions”.
The preacher told the congregation that everything about Christmas is
an interruption. We’re leading our lives but then we interrupt it for the
celebration of Christ’s birth. We interrupt our work with vacations and
meal preparations. We interrupt our Christmas Eve family time to go to
church for communion.
He said that’s just pretty much like Jesus, always interrupting where we
think we’re going to where God wants us to go.
So maybe Campbell is right. Maybe we must always be prepared to let go
of the life we planned, to accept the one waiting for us, the one God laid
out. Maybe the challenge of the faith is taking the detours, trusting that
God knows exactly where the new road leads.
I’m excited about 2018. I trust in God that it will be full of the comings of
Christ that show up as the most wonderful interruptions. May we all be
ready, at a moment’s notice, to leave the path we’ve planned out, and
follow any new one that God lays in front of us.
If it is of God it will be good, and no other path will do.
Happy New Year Church,
and may God continue to bless our comings and our goings.