How are you keeping in these strange times? Is it hard keeping track of the days of the week, especially when a bank holiday Monday fell on a Friday?
Yesterday was day zero. The day when the number of new confirmed cases in London was zero for the first time. [The figures may get revised later, I guess, but for now this is what we know.] And in some ways, today is day zero for our church. As Elders, we met informally to start to plan the what and when, how to start afresh in this “new normal”. With a booklet from the URC that very much encourages us to start afresh:
“The world has changed. It cannot go back to how it was. And in many, many ways, neither should it seek so to do.”
It can be day zero in other ways too. In rethinking our habits around transport and the like – to preserve the beautifully clear air we’re now enjoying again. In redefining what’s important in local communities and putting those connections first. Day zero is a little like the start of the new year, we begin afresh. We make new resolutions. We make plans. Hopefully we make them with a light touch, content to change them as the circumstances change. And, in the church context, as the holy spirit guides us.
And so I have picked a prayer, originally written for the New Year of 1st January 2020, to help us think about the future, to imagine ourselves in that frame of mind:
I Am the New Year
I am the New Year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.
I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.
All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it but with more determination.
All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.
All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have-these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.
I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
[Author unknown; sourced from www.xavier.edu]