|Our focus this year will be on God’s vision and promise to make “all things new”.
At the end of the Book of Revelation, God paints a picture of a new haven, a new earth, a new Jerusalem, and a new Eden. God is in the business of making all things new and invites us to be a partner in the renewal of all things. The mission of the Northwestern Ohio Synod culminates in the renewal that God promises to bring.
“And the one who was seated on the throne said,
‘See, I am making all things new.'” (Revelation 21:5a)
I encourage you to memorize Revelation 21:5a and open your eyes to notice the places in your community where God is doing a new thing. And then allow the Holy Spirit to open your hearts to love the new thing that God is doing. And finally, open your hands to fully engage and partner with God to bring what is new in the community to life. In partnering with God to renew the community and the world, you will discover your own transformation. For it is in the renewing, that we are renewed.