From the Pastor's Desk

Kim's Kolumn ~ August, 2012
Just in the past week I attended a friend’s ordination, co-officiated at a wedding, attended a dinner in which we said ‘happy retirement’ to one of our sermon group members, and said good-bye and celebrated with two others who are going on to new positions out of state.

A full week indeed, and seemingly unusual with all the pieces packed into it. And yet, as I think about how these are, particularly in some cases, major transitions for the people involved, they are also all very normal, natural parts of life, which happen on a regular basis. They are times of change, yet they are also very normal times of life. They are celebrations, but they are also times of letting go of a previous life and way of thinking about oneself, and transitioning into something new. I still feel a little surprise when someone refers to me as Pastor Kim or the Rev. Trimboli. I like it, but I’m not quite used to thinking of myself in those terms, and that is just a superficial change I have had to get used to.

Not all our transitions are quite so dramatic of course, and not all of them happy. But it interests me that most of the messages about change that people give are unhappy ones. “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.” There’s even Newton’s laws about an object at rest remaining at rest unless acted on by an external force. A friend often speaks about change as being ‘painful and difficult.’ And sometimes it is. Yet life always is changing, sometimes dramatically and sometimes in small ways. And so often, while the changes can be viewed as difficult, or challenging or painful, they are also an opportunity, a new opening, an occasion of possibility and even excitement.

Christ calls us to be a people who are changed, transformed into something new, a people whose purpose is to reflect and share the love of God in every aspect of our lives. Colossians invites us to “be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”

Watch and see. Look for ways in which change in your life can be an opportunity to live out the new life we have in Christ. Pay attention to the way in which we can celebrate the truth that while life is constantly changing, the love of God never changes, but invites us into a new way of being.

Peace,
Pastor Kim
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