Welcome to a New Year!

Feels a bit like the last one, doesn’t it?

Probably because the pandemic continues. Plus we are entering ordinary time in the church calendar, which always feels… monotonous. A bit boring. Sort of just, droll. What’s worse, Lent doesn’t even begin until March 2nd, so we get an even longer mini-ordinary time than normal this year. So, as Monty Python would say, “And the people rejoiced. Yay”

Yes, feels a bit like Groundhog Day. Nevertheless, most of our faith lives are actually lived in the everyday. Oddly enough. What is more, God loves to show up in the midst of our day to day experiences. As always, when we are least expecting it.

This weekend, we will remember when Christ was baptized by John in the Jordan River. It is a sort of “high Sunday.” Nevertheless, it is meant to gently bring us down to earth before we are plunked back onto the daily road. Remember, for John it was any other day at work. How was he to know that his cousin was going to show up and stir things up?

My challenge for all of us in the days ahead is to look for God showing up. Perhaps in a stranger showing kindness to you. Or in an old friend saying just what you needed to hear. Or in some other way that you find grace or peace that you were not expecting but needing just at that moment. Or maybe you can even provide it for someone else. I promise that if you are looking for it, God-sightings are far more evident than you might think.

See you soon!

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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