Greetings from the Moderator JANUARY 2019
It has been said that the end of one thing is the beginning of another. I find that to be true in all of life. The end of one chapter is the beginning of a new chapter. The end of one season is the beginning of a new season. The end of one year is the beginning of a new year.
The page has turned from 2018 and we are well on our way through 2019. A new year is an ideal time to consider new opportunities; to contemplate new ways of doing things; to be open to new insights. New beginnings bring on new challenges, new excitement, new possibilities. When beginning something new, there is often a time of adjusting and learning and getting acclimated to new ideals.
In the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Daisy Fuller was at the end of her life when she revealed new information with her daughter Caroline about Caroline's father. On her deathbed, Daisy shared Benjamin’s diary with Caroline, and in doing so, shed new light on a man Caroline only knew to be a friend of her mother’s. Through his diary, Benjamin shared his hope for his daughter and her future. In part he said, “…I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”
This is my hope for each of us as we embark on the journey this new year. I hope that we will learn new things about people we know. I hope that we will see things that surprise us, feel things that bless us, meet people with different points of view that broaden us and our way of thinking and being in the world.
There is newness in the air in Central Florida Presbytery. We have chartered a new congregation, we have welcomed new pastors and a new Moderator has taken the gavel. As I begin this year of service as the 2019 Moderator of Central Florida Presbytery, I am excited about all of the opportunities and the possibilities that await us. I am excited about the opportunity to serve and share in ministry with you as we seek together to do God’s will. I look forward to discovering new things about our Presbytery; to meeting new people and visiting new congregations; to starting new friendships and building new relationships; to learning new ideas and sharing new thoughts.
Paramount to new beginnings is a willingness to be open. May we be open to God, to the movement of the Holy Spirit and to one another as we experience anew the grace of God that we may express afresh the faith, hope and love that has been given us in Jesus Christ. Finally, may we each commit to learning something new, doing something new and/or being open to something new this year.
Peace and Blessings,
Rev. Erika Rembert Smith
“I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.”
- Isaiah 43:19