Christ is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell . . .
Happy New Year!!
We begin 2022 knowing that this will be a year filled with hope and challenge. As we enter into this new year, I’d like to share a poem that has been a helpful comfort for me, whenever I embark on a new year or venture.
I share it with you, and ask that we can see God’s many blessings on you and your church, this year and every year.
Beloved Is Where We Begin
By Jan Richardson
If you would enter into the wilderness,
Do not begin without a blessing.
Do not leave without hearing who you are:
Named by the one who has traveled this path
Do not go without letting it echo in your ears,
and if you find it is hard to let it into your heart,
Do not despair……..
I cannot promise this blessing will free you from danger, from fear,
From hunger or thirst, from scorching of sun or the fall of night.
But I can tell you that on this path there will be help.
I can tell you that you will know the strange graces
That come to our aid only on a road such as this,
That fly to meet us bearing comfort and strength,
That come alongside us for no other cause
Than to lean themselves Toward our ear
And with their