The title “Apocalyptic Hope – A Time of Unveiling” is what caught my attention. (Don’t look. It’s not in the WSJ and yes, I can feel your eyes rolling.)  I know from where my interest originates and why. The truth is I’m still processing what COVID is unveiling or revealing both on a personal level as well as for our beloved community. It’s not a weary or unwanted place, just the opposite. It’s a place of deep reflection. I believe COVID has revealed (and continues to reveal) plenty for us to consider.  Richard Rohr writes: “I believe this past year has been an apocalyptic time, though not necessarily in the way we might think. I’m convinced the biblical meaning of apocalypse is a helpful and ultimately hopeful framework. A quick etymology of the word will help: kaluptein is the Greek word for “to cover” and apo means “un,” so apokaluptein means to uncover or unveil. While we primarily use the word “apocalypse” to mean to destroy or threaten, in its original context, apocalypse simply meant to reveal something new. The key is that in order to reveal something new, we have to get the old out of the way.”  Hear me clearly, I am not saying the old is bad. What I am suggesting is the old complicates how anything new is unveiled and revealed. American author, Neale Donald Walsch presses this thought further as he posted these words, “Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that. You cannot hold onto the old all the while declaring that you want something new. The old will defy the new; the old will deny the new; the old will decry the new. There is only one way to bring in the new. You must make room for it.”  Our invitation is to make room this day for new ideas and thoughts, for new stories and possibilities and for new dreams and visions.

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17
“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything
old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”

Reflection Questions:
For what do you need to make room?
What new thing can God do in you?
What new things can God do for Pine Shores?

Prayer: Holy God, reveal to me what I have not yet noticed and open my mind and heart to the new things I can do for myself, for others and for you. Amen.