Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

Photo: (c) iStock.com / Cn0ra (image #1053953266)After the beauty, joy and happiness of advent and Christmas I usually find the New Year’s holiday to be -- not much. I’m a night owl by nature, so I’ve often been awake to see the new years in, and there was that one year during seminary when I ran a 5k with a few thousand other New Yorkers through Central Park right at midnight, that was great good fun. But in general – meh. And because I don’t much enjoy the holiday, I’m not usually much of a New Year’s resolution maker.

But this year? This year I am planning to plant some flowers.
I’m resolving to focus on health and strength and planting only what I hope to see grow in my life. That means better meals and more movement, and a better diet of media consumption. Fewer hours reading political posts that tell me what I already know, and more reading that brings me knowledge, joy and wisdom.

As we together as a congregation, led by our Church Council, engage in visioning for our community I think these may be good resolutions for us as a church too… to focus on our health and strength and to keep planting the kind of goodness we want to see in the world.

And if you make resolutions for yourself I hope you will treat yourself gently – resolving to keep moving forward rather than demanding of yourself that you arrive somewhere very specific before we’ve even set out on this next journey around the sun.
A happy flower-filled new year to one and all