What Are You Looking for in This New Year?

Dear Friends,
In sanctuary worship we are in a series of sermons entitled, “In this New Year.”  Everyone knows that the turning from one year to the next is a time of reflection and action regarding our lives: our habits, our attitudes, our hopes, our disappointments, our dreams, our health, the life of our spirit, and many, many more aspects of living.
This Sunday we will hear the very first words Jesus speaks in the Gospel of John. (John 1:29-42)  It is a question asked of two curious seekers: “What are you looking for?”  Sunday I want us to hear Jesus asking that question again.  “What are you looking for?”  This is an important question because searching and finding are important aspects of what it means to be human and what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

So, what are you looking for in this New Year?

 

Are you looking for God?  In one of his prayers, Saint Augustine of Hippo said, “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”  Our hearts are restless until they find their One Rest.

What are you looking for in this New Year?

 

Are you looking for meaning for your life?  Are you looking for acceptance and love?  Are you looking for affirmation?  Are you
looking for a purpose?  Are you looking for a challenge?  Are you looking for peace?

What are you looking for in this New Year?

 

Encountering those two men who would be his disciples, Jesus wanted to know what they were looking for.  What are you looking for?  Do you have the words to describe it?
I invite you prayerfully to think about your answer to this question as we approach Sunday worship.  I look forward to seeing you then!
Grace and Peace,
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