Sunday, December 31, 2006

Fast Away The Old Year Passes

Today is the day that we stop, take a quick look back over our shoulder, and leap off the precipice of the past into the future. Tonight at midnight when the Waterford crystal sphere drops in Times Square, thousands will cheer. But will anything change? Will our lives be different in some significant way? Will we be wiser? Will we treat others in ways that we would like to be treated? We can do this, through the grace of God.

At Morning Prayer on this day, the second reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Church at Corinth. St. Paul holds out hope for us:

"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:17-21, NRSV)

What the world needs now is reconciliation - locally and internationally. It really is possible. Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

Pastor Linda
The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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