Not Feeling New
As I sit to write this reflection, and pray with this text, I do not feel like being a new and glorious creation. I hurt, my soul hurts. There’s just too much going on in the world and it weighs on me. But I keep re-reading this scripture passage, a favorite for Christmas cards to depict, and I know that if I want the world to change, I have to change. I have to acknowledge, bless, and then release the hurt I feel so I can become a new creation. The more that I hold on, the more I am missing the new creations occurring around me all of the time: new friendships formed while serving a community meal, my dog learning a new trick, the progress those are making in their various forms of recovery. It is okay for us to not be new and shinny all the time, but let us try to see what God is doing around us. May we find our place in the creation of new things this Advent and Christmas season, even when we don’t feel like it.
Breathe deeply through your noise so your lungs fill fully, exhale. Repeat a couple of times. Take a few minutes to write down those things that you struggle with this Advent season. Acknowledge them, bless them, and then turn them over to God.
God, help me to be a part of a new creation today. Amen.
Rev. Kate West is pastor at First Congregational UCC in Belle Plaine, IA.
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