- . A New Year and as well a new beginning. In this new year I have found myself with a few things on my mind. Perhaps as such I will refer to them as “A Thought or Two.” As this day unfolds, we move forward with the expectation of fulfilling our daily rituals. In doing so we are if the truth be known of a mind set that this too shall blend into a background of days whereby nothing distinguishes one from the other.
And yet within the scope of each horizon lies an ever growing awareness of the changing tides of attitudes, beliefs and practices resonating within the very fabric of life itself. For if not by choice or even by design, life’s vicissitudes threaten to reshape and redefine the essence of that which we hold dear and embrace as the very foundations of our lives.
The dawning of this realization brings into focus images of darkening skies of discontent. For the here and now witness the actions of those who would rather climb a tree and tell a lie than to stand on the ground and tell the truth.
Even as such a time like these; the challenge if not for all but for each one as an individual is to be a ray of hope, despite the presence of clouds of despair, be a beacon of light when midnight would seem to rule the day, be a burgeoning well of inspiration, where dry lands of disillusionment would seem to rule.
For surely it would seem that whereas an air of pessimism sprinkled with a tinge of doubt would seem to permeate our lives, we are truly called on as Christians to as what the bible itself would require, be a “peculiar people;” to stand as the exception rather than the rule as to what reverberates throughout our society.
As those who are recognized as “peculiar” the challenge if not our very mission itself is to not reflect the changing landscape of actions, beliefs and practices; but to be as called by God himself , a light on a hill. A light whose illumination as such is recognizable, unwavering, and most of all inextinguishable.
Time, time is drawing nigh. The needs of the many cast eyes of anticipation towards the few. For as it has been written, many are called, but few are chosen. Decisions are needing to be made, courses of actions stand waiting to unfold.
What then shall we do?
Our families they look to us;
a community seeks to engage us;
a nation awaits us
God himself stands before us.
To God Be the Glory
Alan T. Black