Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column.
By Rev. Mandy Sayers
Pastor, Covenant UMC, Gaithersburg
Happy 2018 everyone! “Exhale” is something that feels needed after the frenetic “Who-Knew-Christmas-Eve-Could-Fall-On-A-Sunday” that we had this year. My post-Christmas cold and I needed a big nap and a huge exhale. So perhaps part of what we are called to at the turning of the year is the exhale of rest, the exhale of giving thanks and remembering what God has done in the year gone by. Exhale. Certainly, this is a good thing to do.
But in my spirit, I am aware not just of the recovery time that follows a busy December, but the turning of the year to something new.
Have you ever thought about what happens when God “exhales”? When God exhales, things happen. The divine breath breathed out, “Let there be light.” The divine breath brought forth Jesus, born of the Holy Spirit, the Word made flesh. When God exhales, life bursts out all over. When God exhales, clay, dry bones, terrified disciples, they all get
So, after a post-Christmas, pre-Epiphany exhale of thanksgiving, and a moment to rest, let us be ready for the movement of the Spirit that calls us forth again to serve in 2018.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Jesus is God-With-Us, friends, and the light shines, and the word has gone out from God’s mouth, to accomplish God’s kingdom purposes. So take a breath, my friend.
And get ready for God’s mighty Spirit to fill our sails for more transformed lives, more light, more hope