Dr. Rachel Coleman
Dear BUMC Family, we’re standing at the edge of the new year, with twelve months of blank calendar pages in front of us. Those blank pages represent not absence of activity but presence—the presence of yet-to-be-imagined possibilities as we walk forward hand in hand with the God of hope, who can do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine for ourselves, our families, our church, and our community.
A New Year’s tradition that has been gaining quite a following over the past several years is the selection of a “word of the year.” People choose a word to hang on to during the coming year, a word that represents hopes, dreams, desires, commitments, or convictions that can help to shape their lives over the course of the coming months. Maybe you’ve tried this for several years, maybe 2019 will be your first foray into the “word of the year” tradition. I want to encourage each of you to give it a try! And as you gather in small groups—Bible studies, Sunday School classes, JOY Circle, leadership team, work groups, praise band, choir—why not choose together a word that will shape your corporate praying and dreaming for Belmont UMC in the months to come?
You can read about my “word of the year” here: writepraylove660813036.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/immeasurably-more/. I hope you’ll share your own in the comments.