January 2020 Newsletter Article
January 1, 2020, 9:00 AM

Grace and peace everyone and welcome not only to a new month, but a new year and a new decade! I cannot believe it is 2020. I know for one, I’ll be making mistakes writing the date for the next few weeks, what about y’all?

This month, for a newsletter article, I wanted us all to know that I know the world is strange. We live in strange times and no matter where you land on the spectrum of ideology, we all seem to sigh in exasperation. Why this? Why now? Where O God are you hanging out?

Throughout the month of December and the season of Advent we waited in expectant hope of the one who is, who has, and who will come down to be with us. We await the one who tears open the heavens and the earth to be with us. For many, that yearning and desire feels more urgent than ever before.

Less than a week ago we celebrated God’s inbreaking into the world as flesh and blood as we welcomed Jesus’ birth. What I find most amazing about that story and part of our combined history of faith is that as God has come down to be with us, we are called and invited to see the world in the way in which God does.

Through the eyes of love. Through the eyes of a child. Through the eyes that God has for you and all creation.

So, it may be cliché and corny to say this, but what would it look like if we entered into this new year and decade of 2020 with the way that God sees us and the world? How would we talk to one another, interact with the world, and respond to the events of the world as we look through and with the vision of God? Seeing one another in 20/20 vision of grace and love!

Seriously, see one another and those around you the way that God does – through a vision and lens of grace, love, forgiveness, hospitality, and welcome.

2020 is going to be an amazing year. I cannot wait to see what God is up to in and through The Lutheran Church of The Redeemer. I cannot wait to see who God places in our lives as individuals and as a community of faith that will help us to see God even more clearly at work in the world.

Let’s walk with one another and help each other see God at work in the world, around us, and in and through each of us. Amen!

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