At Peace in the Past, Present, and Future of 2015
Recently a friend wrote, “…Did you wake up Monday morning realizing that it was December and pumpkins were still on your porch and anxiety rose to a crisis level because you weren’t ready for Christmas?’” She, like many of us, was feeling the abrupt movement of time between November and December.
For four weeks prior to Christmas, we reflected on the past, present and future as we celebrated Advent. More than simply remembering a 2,000 year old event in history, Advent was a time to celebrate that Christ already came, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again. Again we felt the disorientation of time while seeking to connect to a past, present, and future reality.
Christmas Day came and went and now we are staring 2015 in the face. We know from experience how quickly this year will pass! Time is truly a fleeting commodity, and the rapid pace can be disorienting for all of us!
Future predictions for 2015 include:
- The first solar aircraft to circumnavigate the globe
- The world’s first fully sustainable, zero-carbon, zero- waste city
- Personal biometric scanners for online banking
- The New Horizons probe arriving at Pluto
- The first advertisement on the Moon
- Electric car ownership reaching 1 million worldwide
I am confident we will have countless opportunities in the next twelve months to be surprised and even unsettled by what is created and discovered in 2015.
It is all this change of time and circumstance that makes it critical for us to stay centered in Christ. Gratefully, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) His love for us does not change.
For those who feel burdened by the past, the love of Christ makes it possible to be hopeful for a new future. We are not defined by our past, it simply prepares us to begin again with wisdom born of pain.
I am going to walk into this new year claiming the gifts that God, through Christ, introduced to the world: peace, love, and joy, and I pray that you will do the same.
In His Love, Vicki
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear. So then, love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment. We love because God first loved us. (1 John 4:18-19)