A Message From Pastor Margaret
Happy New Year, as we continue to rise into the light!
Grace and peace to all of you, members of Barre Congregational Church. I am sending you greetings from
South Africa and wish you peace and much
joy for this new year and pray that God will
bless and keep us healthy as we continue
to serve God and one another.
This Christmas season has felt so different
to me, as Jim and I came to spend time with
my family here in South Africa after two
years. As I reflect on a lovely afternoon
with my sisters earlier today, sorting out
some of the crockery my mom wants to
give away to her children, I was mindful of
the joy we experienced, and talking about
this and that. I had spent the morning with
my mom, helping her to get ready for the
day, and as she fell asleep again mid-morning while I enjoyed the warm sun out on the beautiful and newly built deck outside her room, I cherished those moments, seeing her so peaceful. When I arrived back at our place later on, it dawned on me that as a family we hardly see each other’s faces fully revealed. We’ve been extra careful as we are dealing with the omicron variant, and even so, some family members have come down with the variant, and fortunately have recovered rather quickly. The intimacy and freedoms of the past as we knew it two years ago, hugging and laughing out loud, jumping on my mother’s bed as we talked over each other, is gone. Despite these changes, we are acutely aware of the precious time we are spending together as a family.
Life, we all know, is precious, and our loved ones are precious gifts from God. My prayer is that this new year will give us many creative opportunities to show our love and gratitude for those in our lives. Things may not be the same anymore, and being together may look and feel different, but I hope that we will grow even closer as families, loved ones, neighbors and church members. I encourage us all to pray for one another as Christ would want us to do, that we will see and as we are able, fulfill the needs of those who need love and care and compassion. We may not see each other’s faces fully, but we know all of us, the loved one, or the stranger sometimes needs an ear to listen, or a loving and giving heart that will respond to a need.
May the light of the Christ Child go ahead of us as we rise into the light, and may God’s Holy Spirit bless you all each new day of this year, 2022.
Blessings and a Happy New Year!
Pastor Margaret Keyser