Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

Happy New Year 2020We are all meant to be mothers of God.
What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son
takes place unceasingly, but does not take place within myself?
And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace?
What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to a Son
if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture?
This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of Man is begotten in us.
-- Meister Eckhart

For the last six weeks, the flow of the church year has focused our attention on the events of 2000 years ago, retelling and celebrating our ancient stories about divine presence with and for us.

As we approached a new decade many people, especially on social media, have spent time reflecting on the decade that was… where they personally were in 2009 and the successes, failures, adventures, and resiliencies that had brought them to 2019.

But the invitation of standing on the edge of a new year and a new decade and the yearly invitation of the Christmas story is to turn from what has been, to what will be.

This moment invites us to consider where we hear God speaking to us in our individual lives, to listen for where God might be leading us.

This moment invites us to consider where we hear God speaking to us as a congregation. With all of the challenges facing our Portland community and our country, with immigrants and refugees being scapegoated, with an uptick in antisemitic violence shocking us all, with the climate crisis facing the whole globe; with all the challenges of 2019 rolling over into 2020, how are WE being called to be the body of Christ in the world?

What gifts and graces do we have as a community and how are we being called to use those gifts to speak peace and justice into the world in new ways? The promise is that God will not leave us on our own; the challenge is to bring that presence to a world longing still for peace, for love and for hope.

Peace and blessings as we journey together.