Sunday to Monday | Withness

Let us swing all the doors and windows
of our hearts on their rusty hinges
so we may learn how to open in love.

Let us see the light in the other and honor it
so we may lift one another on our shoulders
and carry each other along.

Let holiness move in us
so we may pay attention to its small voice
and gives ourselves fully with both hands.
--Dawna Markova

On Sunday, Vikki started the new year out speaking about Changing Through Relationships, in essence having a life of "withness."She encouraged us to shed our skins without fear of what lies beneath. We should accept change, enjoy change, just don’t do it alone!

Claudia ended Sunday’s service with a beautiful blessing… We aren’t strongest alone; we are strongest together. May we go with one another, with the Nathans and the friends God sends. May we be open to change. May we go ready to shed our skins and shine the light that has broken into the world of darkness, renewed and filled with confidence of God’s new year. Amen.

Some questions to think about as you start the new year…

-Have you made New Year resolutions? Why or why not?

-Do you wish to embrace change or seek to avoid it? How did you come to feel that way about it?

-John’s Gospel begins with relationship, creation and light. Read John 1:1-14 and allow the words to impact how you approach 2011.

-What relationships do you need to help you make changes? Who is missing from your circle of support? Pray that God might help you be open to how God might be offering you relationships to fill your circle.

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