Mission, Vision & Core Values
Winter is a time of rest for the earth. We humans however are moving as frenetically as we do all the rest of the year.
I wonder if there’s a lesson for us in how God made the earth? There’s spring when living things come up all around us and begin reaching to the sky. There’s summer when beauty is all around and there’s play and the newness all around us. Then there’s fall when the simple green of the trees around us celebrate their coming rest with deep peaceful colors. As winter comes, there is rest with preparation for the cycle of life to continue in the spring time.
If we open ourselves to the lessons seen in the earth’s cycle, we can incorporate all of these things in our daily lives: growth, work, play, joy, peace and rest. How many of us forget about these things in our rush to get everything done?
If we can slow down for a while each day, we can better see the beauty all around and perhaps reflect on the blessings we’ve been given. If we play we are rejuvenated. As we work we experience the peace and joy that comes from a task well done.
Is God teaching us a lesson? I don’t know. I am, however, certain that our Creator wants us to live the lives we have been given, fully, joyfully and completely.
A Prayer for the coming year.
Strengthen us to meet this coming year with hope. We’ve experienced much in the past year, some good, some painful. Help us to remember that you were present in both, celebrating with us in the good times and walking with us in the challenging times.
Help us to reflect on the past year, and grant us the gift of wisdom built from experience. We ask for love that will allow us to forgive wrongs and to look to the future trusting that it is in your hands.
May this new year see peace among the nations and may we each experience the strength and joy that comes only from resting securely in your loving embrace.