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You know, new things can either be really great or really crappy — or anywhere in between. New car? GREAT!! New virus? STINKY!! New toothbrush… ahhhh… middlen.
New things can scare us or excite us, give us a rush of adrenaline or leave us unmoved, fill us with dread or with a sense of hope. I guess, in some ways, new is equal to change. And not all of us are so happy about change. Our motto might be “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!” And others of us might shout out “New is better!”
There is a lot that is new in our worlds these days: new ways of shopping, new ways of learning, new ways of doing business. And, amidst all the coronavirus new is the new stuff that happens on a regular basis: new schools, new jobs, new homes, new retirements, new marriages, new singleness, new pets, new volunteering, new… new… new…
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20
The disciples knew this new thing: Jesus gave them new things to do all the time. At the very end of Matthew’s gospel Jesus gives them a new commission that goes something like this:
“Get going into all the world! And while you are going to new places and meeting new people, tell them all about what I have taught you, and baptize them and make them like you — disciples!”
But then Jesus says something more — something we forget as we are out there in the world doing our new things each and every day: “And remember, I am with you always — forever — period.”
So, maybe a deep breath of the Spirit is in order for you today with all it’s newness. A spirit calming recentering on the One who calls us to new things, and then accompanies us. A deep breath that inhales the presence of God who is with you always — forever — period.