People have been talking a lot about food on facebook lately. People talking about buying food, making food, giving food, eating food. There is lots of feasting going on, and even some guilt being expressed about eating too much, or not eating in healthy ways. One person wrote, “It’s not what you eat between Christmas and New Year’s, but what you eat between New Year’s and Christmas that really matters!”
We are entering a New Year, 2012, on the very day of our church service this year. This Sunday’s service is an opportunity to look back at 2011, and also to look forward to the New Year. How do we want to live between New Year’s and Christmas? How does the birth of a baby in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, affect the choices we will make this year?
Our service will not be focussed on New Year’s resolutions, “I will do this, or I will do that…”. Instead, I hope we can focus on Jesus. By concentrating on Jesus, and Jesus’ work in our hearts, in our world, our New Year is put into a different perspective. It’s not by might, not by power, even by lots of personal willpower, that we are changed, it’s by God’s Spirit that we are changed. So it makes sense to open ourselves to God’s Spirit at the beginning of this New Year.
This year’s prayer: Open our eyes, open our ears, open our hearts, open our spirits, to your presence in our lives, in our world. Amen.