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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


Tuesday, June 19 — Psalm 78:1–8
Numbers 34; Luke 3:1–20

Who observes my ordinances, and follows my statutes; he shall not die for his father’s iniquity. Ezekiel 18:17

You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18–19

God of action—we think we know it all. Forgive us such foolishness. Let us ponder your blood, for it is more precious than silver or gold; our children are listening to our words and watching what we do. Amen.

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