Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new.
When I was finalizing the details of beginning my new ministry in Oklahoma, I thought starting the Monday after Easter was a great idea. Really what that meant was moving during Holy Week, trying to find my church clothes while we were still in boxes and trying to keep my family calm in the midst of it. It might not have been the best idea I ever had, but God had other plans.
God knew that it would be beautiful.
You see, when I decided to enter into conversations with this new congregation, I wasn’t unhappy. I wasn’t looking to leave. When the call to serve came, I was grieved to leave my last congregation. I loved them and they loved me. I will continue to be grateful and miss them greatly, but God knew it was time. Time to go. Time to try something new. Time to stretch my legs in my strengths.
So that brings us to today. Today, I had my first day in the office at my new congregation. After a wonderful Easter celebration, I started a new ministry today. A new beginning followed the celebration of the ultimate new beginning. They don’t compare in magnitude, but the symbol is not lost on me.
I humbly serve the One who gave it all so that I, and you, can have the ultimate new beginning. It is important work, but it is not mine completely. To quote a mentor, I “am getting on a train that was moving before I got here and will continue to move after it.” The movement, the strength, the ultimate transformation of hearts is God’s doing. Today I start a new ministry, but God’s work has been, is, and will continue to be the gift of new beginnings for us all. I am just in the business of pointing toward that movement.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” – I Peter 1:3 ESV