As you recall, the theme for this recently past Advent and Christmas at FCC was “Second Chances”.
During that time, we explored how the stories leading up to Jesus’ birth in Luke’s and Matthew’s gospels presented the characters of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph with “second chances” – opportunities to find or reclaim their voice, be delivered from unfair or unjust burdens, or become spiritually and emotionally stronger through the honest recognition and appreciation of their vulnerability.
Traditionally, the start of a New Year in our culture, and in many parts of the world, is also a “second chance”, as many New Year’s resolutions aren’t really so new. Instead, they are often “re-resolutions” - second (or third, fourth…) intentions to fulfill something we haven’t yet.
So as a follow up to all that we considered during Advent and Christmas, what “second chances” do you want in 2019? And I don’t mean ones related to diet, or exercise, or other personal habits, as important as those are. I mean, what spiritual, emotional or relational “second chances” do you want? What “voice” do you want to claim or reclaim when it comes to the things you want your life to say to the world? What unfair or unjust burdens do you long to be delivered from - perhaps even ones you have placed upon yourself? And what vulnerability, honestly recognized and appreciated in yourself or someone else, would make you or a relationship stronger, instead of holding you and them back?
One of the primary promises and reminders of Advent and Christmas is that we are the daughters and sons of the God of “second chances”. Through Jesus, God offered us a second chance, another way to learn to become who and what we are meant to be.
Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph all made the most of their “second chance”. In 2019, let’s make the most of ours in just one way – one way that will be like having Christmas come early.
New Year’s Blessings,