2019 will be grandHoly God,
Alpha and Omega,
The Beginning and the End,
Creator of Time and Eternity:

It’s the first Saturday of the new year
And things aren’t going according to plan.
OK, that’s not exactly true.
Things aren’t going according to the plan I would have made,
If I had taken the time to make a plan
For this new and glorious year
That shimmers with possibility–
And threatens with disappointment.
I’ll blame my lack of new-year initiative on this head cold—
The annoying kind that is bad enough to make me exhausted and groggy
But still just a minor illness that doesn’t garner any real sympathy
And certainly doesn’t warrant staying home and watching Netflix
Rather than going to the office and writing a sermon
On the three (or however many) wise men/magi.
Not that I got the sermon written (or started) in the office because . . . email.
But I digress, God.
I guess what I’m trying to say
(aside from “Please give me a sermon for tomorrow.)
Is that I do not have this year under control.
I mean, I never do. But this year I can’t even pretend.
I have no plans to mess up.
No resolutions to break.
No clear path from which to be diverted.
Maybe that is a grace.
But it feels like a hard and lazy way to begin things (again).
So in this new year, here is my prayer, God:
Let me be open to your plan.
Let me live into your desires for my life.
Show me at least the next step on your path.
Amen.


Rev. Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS. Her blog is SpaciousFaith.com.


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