No Waste

Dear New Year People of God,

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. We are in the twilight of 2015, and on the brink of 2016. What does that mean for you?

Many I talk to have felt wounded by 2015 and desire for 2016 to be different. Certainly I pray that none of us are wounded in 2016 in anyway. More than anything, I pray that our wounds are not wasted. Rob Bell said in Drops Like Stars that his therapist reminds him all the time that, “God wastes nothing.” A great question for us all is, “How will God utilize our wounds in 2016 and beyond?” God does not send wounds our way! However, “…through all things God works for good.” (Romans 8:28)

Henri Nouwen was one of my favorite theologians. I hope to spend more time reading his works in 2016. He once said “Nobody escapes being wounded. We all are wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is not ‘How can we handle our wounds?’ so we don’t have to be embarrassed, but ‘How can we put our woundedness in the service of others?”

God does not desire for anyone to be wounded in anyway. However, God will not waste your wound. How might God use your broken pieces of 2015 in 2016 to make the world fit together in a more helpful/ hopeful way?

See Luke 3:15-22 for further reflection. Pray upon the “Voice of God.” How does it come in the year of 2016... to you, to the world?

Pray for Rev Larron Jackson, who will be preaching at GGCC on MLK Jr weekend, January 17th.
Ponder who you might invite to the Peter Mayer weekend January 30-31st. Take a moment to hear the voice of God, and how wounds and broken pieces can be reformed into a new “Harmony.”

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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