The Pastor’s Peace™
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Brian for your reflection and consideration, published monthly during the year, available in our printed Beaver Church Chatter newsletter and on our web site.
It seems hard to believe that it is 2023 already. I can remember January of 2022 so well. I started the month by getting my hip replaced on the very last day that elective surgeries were allowed before an uptick in the Covid numbers prevented them. I don’t, of course, remember much about the surgery itself, although I did wake up briefly during it. I do, however, remember the pain and soreness afterwards, the physical therapy, my second hip replacement, and the unforgettable experience of detoxing from pain medications. The first 3 months of 2022 were really pretty miserable to be honest. Now I sit here some 9 months later and I feel mostly fine. My new metal hips are working quite well and, most importantly, I don’t have pain anymore.
What amazes me sometimes is how stuck we can become in a difficult situation. I can remember thinking about nothing else besides my discomfort as I went through my recovery. It can also seem at times as if whatever challenge we are facing will never go away, or that it is so great in nature that we will never recover from it. Certainly, tragedy and pain can last for long periods, but I have often been surprised in my own life how quickly things can get better, and how much time can heal and put things in perspective. Whether I am sad, anxious, angry, or lost, over time these negative feelings can and have changed for the positive. Perhaps that it one reason we celebrate the New Year. Even though it is just the change to the next day, it represents a new chapter or period of our life, when wanted change can happen.
Of course, as Christians we see change as ever present in the ministry of Christ. Not only do we have the symbolism of the light in the darkness, and life from death, but Jesus spoke for instance about seemingly disparate things in the sermon on the mount, suggesting, among other things, that those with sorrow will indeed rejoice. Jesus went amongst the poor and outcast and told them that such things would not define who they were as people and as children of God. Perhaps Jesus was given a divine perspective on the non-permanent nature of sorrow and pain, that we as humans simply lack. Whatever the case, as followers of Christ, our faith does teach us to look towards the future with hope, knowing that the present situation will not be forever. May we have that faith for 2023 and look with hope at what the days and months before us might bring.
Peace, Blessings, and Happy New Year
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