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What: Brunch & Presentation from Mary Gritten, David Eades & Sallie Hutton on their experiences in Pakistan
When: Sunday, January 25 at 11:45 with Presentation at Noon
Where: Centennial Hall
Right up front, I’m not a “New Year’s Resolution” guy. I love the concept. I think it’s incredibly beneficial to look back on the past year and evaluate. Then, after evaluation, look forward into the New Year and set goals based upon growth edges or a dream that’s been percolating [Even better - set SMART goals].
I think my hitch is that I get tripped up on the word resolution in regards to a New Year. It sounds so, well, resolved. Final. Which is fantastic on January 1st. Fast forward to February 1st and that resolution starts looking rather worn after the long January chill. Then when the final “resolve” crumbles it’s not the greatest feeling.
Do you ever get that feeling, the day after Christmas, perhaps even on Christmas when the presents are opened and the excitement is over, that it’s done. It’s over. What a bummer. I have this feeling every Christmas, but I don’t know why this Christmas was worse than others.
Similarly, why is snow so beautiful before Christmas, but suddenly on December 26th, it’s so much colder, so much harder to bear for the rest of the winter?
Here are the upcoming episodes for this month's Lifetree Café. Come for conversation and coffee on a Monday evening in January at 7 pm.
January 5 - Declutter Your Life
January 12 - What Your Black Friend Wants You to Know
January 19 - Breaking the Cycle of Sexual Abuse
January 26 - Why Men Hate Going to Church
On New Years’ eve, we may hear people making resolutions like, “I’ll start to work out twice a week,” or, “I’ll go to church every Sunday,” or “I’ll read my Bible daily.” New Year’s resolutions are things people want to do or to change over the whole of upcoming new year. And while New Year’s resolutions for some give the chance to start anew, they also offer the chance to sustain positive behaviors.
We do not have any idea of the date of Christ’s birth. Many scholars, since the shepherds are watching their sheep in the Bethlehem hills, assume that Jesus’ birth takes place in the summer. However, December 25th is chosen as the birthdate of Jesus to overshadow a drunken debauch on that date called Saturnalia, a pagan solstice festival, characterized by wild and frenzied parties. Think Spring Break in Cancun! The ancient church’s hope is to replace Saturnalia with the worship of Christ.
(A slight confession here… this blog post isn’t exactly recent. So, if you’ll excuse some holiday leftovers I’d love to share them with you. -Dave)
Sometimes we must look backward in order to look forward. In Advent we remember that Jesus came into our world once and promises to come again.
Here are the upcoming episodes for this month's Lifetree Café. Come for conversation and coffee on a Monday evening in December at 7 pm.
December 8 - Finding Peace When Life is Difficult
December 15 - What Would You Do For Love?
December 22 - Angels. Are they reaching out to you?
December 29 - Family Do-Over