This week I’m still thinking about new things…

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So… this happened:

Yes! A new doorway into the church! It is very exciting… at least in part. Because I know what this new vestibule will help in the winter. It will be an improved image on the outside. It will make coming into the building easier. It will be more comfortable inside when the cold winds blow outside.

But I will be honest, right now it is disorienting. First of all, there are three sets of doors because the new doors are in but the old door still remains. While we tried to make it so that the old keys will work on the new doors, not all of them work and we can’t make heads or tails of how that will work. Not to mention the unknown costs that lie hidden behind any renovation project.

Yes… new is exciting. But it can also be very disorienting.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:19

I can only explain it as an act of the Spirit that these doors are going in the very week that I was elected Bishop of our synod and will have to be leaving Celebration. Now this may be news to you, so you can read a little about it here on my Facebook page, even if you don’t “have” Facebook.

You see… my election is a new door for both Celebration and myself. And God has some great plans in store for both of us – I am convinced of that. But right now we have too much going on in a small space and it is disorienting.

Do you know who is really good at re-orienting? Of course you do: God! Do you know who is really bad a patiently waiting for the Spirit to reorient us: yes, us.

But that is where we are. Waiting for the clutter to be cleared. Waiting for keys to unlock doors. Waiting for the renovation to be complete. And, when it is done, we will see the design of the Master Builder and we will be able to say, “Ahhhh… so that is what it will be!”


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