A year ago, our present reality seemed unfathomable. Working from home. Online learning. Remote doctor's appointments and church attendance in PJs from our living rooms.
2020 forced us through many changes - changed habits, changed minds, changed jobs, changed theology. Some of those changes have been exciting (grandbabies, anyone?!?!). Some of those changes have been devastating. Thanks for being with us through it all - even when we didn't feel like you were there.
As we continue to step into 2021, perhaps more than any other new year, things feel like they are out of our control. We can't control a virus. We can't control an economy. We can't control the political divisions. We can't control social media from spiraling into a cesspool of toxic engagement. And there are those who want to tell us that God is in complete control of everything, but I can't blame you for all that is out there that doesn't look like Jesus.
So as we continue into 2021, what are we to do? How are we to respond? God, although things are out of my control, please help me with what I can do.
God, as I sit here asking for your help, I am hopeful. In 2021, there will likely be some major challenges and messes. And I'll likely be reminded over and over again that I can't really control very much. But, if I, by your grace and with your help, can walk with you and with others on this kind of journey through 2021, I can't help but believe that it will be a good year. If I . . . if we . . . can get to the end of the year walking in those ways, we'll get there knowing that we have not been alone and celebrating the good that has broken into the world.
May your love flow through us in the days, weeks, months, and the year to come.