The 2017th Year of Our Lord presents us with new opportunities to live in love and service in thanksgiving for Christmas and Epiphany. We begin, again, on the discipleship journey, which comes with a cost, changes, and turns, albeit worth the reward promised us at the end. Amid the gray, rainy, and cold days of January in Charlotte, growth constantly happens and has the potential to occur within us.
Our new year discipleship suggests that we might take risks, walking by faith and not by sight, in the name of Jesus. It dares us to look to God who created us and faithfully makes all things new. Recently, I came across this poem, by theologian Howard Thurman. It captures the probability for one of our spiritual resolutions for 2017: Look well to the growing edge.
Look well to the growing edge! All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born. The fruit ripens on the tree, the roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new leaves, fresh blossoms, green fruit. Such is the growing edge! It is the extra breath from the exhausted lung, the one more thing to try when all else has failed, the upward reach of life when weariness closes in upon all endeavor. This is the basis of hope in moments of despair, the incentive to carry on when times are out of joint and men have lost their reason, the source of confidence when worlds crash and dreams whiten into ash. The birth of the child — life’s most dramatic answer to death — this is the growing edge incarnate. Look well to the growing edge!
God’s peace and blessings as we try.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector