March 13 Edevotional
MAKING ALL THINGS NEW
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Giving birth hurts. It is painful. Giving birth is hard, and those of us privileged to engage in it, have little control, in the usual definition of the word control. Sure, we can control some of the environment in which we give birth; we can practice breathing and gain a sense of what will happen in the process. We can perhaps choose who we want to be around us, supporting us in the effort, but not so much the process itself. And the outcome; we can eat well, sleep as well as we are able, exercise, plan, prepare ourselves mentally and physically, and emotionally as much as we are able. We can do and be all of the best and then enter the process and submit to it, sometimes with all of our preparations flying out of the window.
This Lent we are entering the creative process, making all things new. Entering the creative process of writing, art-making, dance, storytelling, theater, and music-making, we will join with God in creating new things, things of beauty. Making something new is not easy. There is some grief involved. Life as we have known it will change forever. We cannot go back to the way things were. There is a new responsibility, new disciplines, new life to birth and care for. “Jesus set his face to go toward Jerusalem,” the Gospel writers tell us. He enters this journey of birthing something new with as much discipline and support he can muster, but at some point knowing he will be alone, left only with the Spirit hovering over the face of the deep pain and chaos.
I am so glad that we are together on this Lent journey. Pray for me and for each other.
A few of you have asked me for the sermon from March 3, following the special General Conference. Here is a link to my personal blog where I have posted it, titled Transfiguration.
This Sunday, March 17, we have the great privilege of witnessing the confirmation of faith and joining their lives to the church of three beautiful young people, Grace Weber, Jonah, and Luke Tucker. Don’t miss it!
Pastor Sherrie Lowly