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Ponderings: Sunset offers hope for an exciting tomorrow

012014ponderingsintroThere’s nothing quite like the sight of the sun on the horizon. Whether it’s greeting the day or heading home, the mix of clouds, sun and color puts a smile on my face and wonder in my heart.

As the sun sets on each day, my thoughts drift to what’s come before and what’s on the horizon. And as this new year begins, I’m glad to be closing the chapter that was 2013 and am very optimistic for the coming year.

2014 is a synod year. Every four years, delegates come together for the Southern Province Synod (in April) and the Northern Province Synod (in June). At these meetings, which represent the main governing body of our church, delegates debate, discuss and decide on actions that will drive the church for the coming four years—all while listening for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Synods are an exciting time for me. Over the course of just a few days, I get to I watch the wonder of Moravian polity play out, greet and talk with hundreds of Moravians from around the U.S., take thousands of photographs, write pages and pages of copy, post news and media, experience inspirational worship and see the Holy Spirit at work.

The coming year will also bring plenty of opportunities to meet and work with Moravians from around the U.S. and Canada. Whether by reading stories for inclusion in the Moravian, leading workshops, attending events or meeting in social media circles, I look forward to learning more about our church and the people in it—and helping to share that news around North America.

As I write this, the sun is setting on yet another day. I’m blessed to witness glorious sunsets each day out my office window. As I watch the light fade, I realize that the day is ending—and another one, filled with possibility, is only a nighttime away.

And as 2014 dawns and stretches into February, then Spring, I look forward to seeing many of you on my travels, and hearing from many more as we share the faith of the Moravian Church.



From the January/February 2014 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, September 21 — Psalm 108:6–13
1 Samuel 13; John 1:43–51

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it. Genesis 2:15

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

Creator of the universe, what a privilege you have gifted to us! You have entrusted us to care for the beautiful world that you have created. May we be worthy of that trust. May we tend your garden well. Teach us to be wise stewards and to care gently for the earth and all her creatures. Amen.

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