Things That Have Never Been

Creating Anew“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

How daunting and thrilling it is to realize in a profound way, that the days ahead of us have never been. On the one hand, of course they’ve never been; we all know that. But the deeper question is what does or can that mean for us?

The reality that each day that lies before us has never been gives each of us an opportunity to join our creator in the act of creating. For you see, it is we who have the power, and I would assert – the call – to create something good and holy and life-giving from the days that are yet to be.

It is up to us. Each and every one of us. Are we going to allow others to define our days, who we are, what we do and how we shape them? Are we going to be merely reactive in a world that baffles and confuses us, or proactive?

In our country and world, where so much is at stake, I believe we are each called to not let others set the agenda for us. For whether we view Jesus, born anew this Christmas, as the Son of God (as do Christians) or a prophet (as do Jews and Muslims) or a good and decent human (as do many), our world would be a far different place if we followed his teaching and life.

His teaching that when we do something, anything, for the least of these our sisters and brothers, we do it to him – whether visiting the sick, the imprisoned, the poor, the lonely; whether feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, or welcoming the stranger. (Matthew 25) His teaching to love our neighbor as ourself. His actions of breaking taboos and reaching out to women, time and time again.

Imagine our world. Just imagine. In this year ahead “of things that have never been” it is we who will write the script and live the life. It is we who can join with our creator in creating anew that which is good and holy, if only we will do so.

Yes, opposing forces are all around us. They have been so from the beginning of time, and they always shall be. It is up to us to resist them and join together in creating a 2018 that follows the example of the One sent to us in a tiny manger over 2,000 years ago. He came and dwelt among us for a reason.

What will your 2018 look like?

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