As we still stand on the threshold of a new year I would venture to say that most of us breathed a huge sigh of relief when we turned the calendar over to 2021, and yet, in many ways, we still carry 2020 with us.  COVID-19 is still here.  Racial injustice and prejudice have not gone away.  Hatred and violence still inhabit the world, as does greed and power and control.  But for those of us who believe in a loving, Holy Presence and that the Incarnate God is among us, hope is still alive.  The Light still shines.

As I reflect back on the past year I am still the same person I was in 2020, but in many ways, I am not.  The pandemic has made me more anxious and fearful and frighteningly aware of how fragile life is.  I have become more conscious of living in the moment and not taking so much in life for granted.  I have come to treasure family and friends more than ever and am surprised by the creative and ingenious ways we found to connect.  I am slowly, very slowly learning to honor and respect another’s opinions and choices without condemning and criticizing.  Yes, 2020 was a very difficult and painful year, but it carried blessings and grace also.

Before we get too far past the threshold into the new year, I would like to offer some questions to ponder and reflect upon.         

  • What did you learn about yourself in 2020?         
  • What gifts did you receive?              
  • What do you need to let go of?        
  • What do you need to carry with you into 2021?                  
  • How were you changed?                      
  • How are you still the same?                    
  • What would it be like to let go of fear and rest in God in the days ahead?

Wishing you many blessings on the journey of the next twelve months.

  – Sallie Bachar