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Neighbors Growing Together | Jan 19, 2018

No moment beyond God’s redemption

By Rev. Deborah J. Stowers, First United Methodist Church | Jan 12, 2018

At the beginning of the calendar year, there is a great deal of talk and focus on time, and especially the gift of time. As the clock strikes midnight and the old year passes to the new, opportunities for new beginnings and fresh starts are recognized and enthusiastically embraced.

The beginning of January seems ideal for casting aside the habits that have held us captive in the past and perfect for making personal resolutions to do better, to be better and to improve something. I ask. “How’s that working out for you?”

Now, almost half way through the month of January, I imagine that you, like me, are finding that resolving to do better, to be better and to improve something is a great deal easier than actually doing better, being better and improving something. Our resolutions may not have held up. Our personal promises may not have panned out perfectly. We may have already admitted that our desire to live without faults is flawed. We may even feel discouraged that we have blown the only opportunity that we will have, well, for another year. We may have given up; but take heart!

There are many, many more opportunities for us to renew ourselves and align ourselves more closely with the person who God wants us to be. We don’t have to wait for the end of December and the beginning of January. There are 12 new months, 52 new weeks, 365 new days, about 2,087 new hours, and approximately 525,600 new moments.

Do you get it? Do you appreciate the myriad opportunities that we each have? Wow, right now! Whoosh, there just went a chance. Hold on, here comes another one! Glory and praise God, opportunities for change and growth pile up one after another after another! There is no end in this life.

No moment is beyond God’s redemption. No moment is without God’s “grace” which is defined as God’s undeserved, unearned and unmerited love. The people who are called United Methodists are wild about “grace.” God’s “grace” or God’s “love” is constantly present in our lives and available to us. God’s love does not depend on our actions or response. God’s love is a gift — a gift that is always present — and may be received, opened and used at any time.

God’s “grace” stirs us up to know that there is something more than what we can see and sense — something important, something vital, something life-giving, something life-transforming and something everlasting. God’s “grace” draws us to God and to a relationship with the divine. God’s “grace” is always available to us. There is no reason to wait for an arbitrary date in a calendar. Simply, right now, is the perfect time for a new beginning, for a fresh start, for a resolution, for a confession and for a promise.

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