Saturday Sermon: Turn the page on a new day
In just a couple of days, we will be packing up this year and stepping into a brand new one - 2013. We will go to sleep Monday night and wake up to a brand new day. What will this new day, this new year bring? As the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, ". everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new," 2 Corinthians 5:17b. This is a wonderful passage for the new year; all the old is behind us, ahead all is new.
People think about time in different ways. We sometimes think of each day like an old-fashioned calendar. Each day a new page, torn off and thrown away. Time, constantly moving, seems sometimes to be in sections; minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years all adding up to a lifetime. When we are young, those sections seem to go by much too slowly, but when we are older, we often wish we could slow them down. But life continues on at a steady pace.
There was an episode of "I Love Lucy" back in the mid-'50s when Lucy and Ethel, for some devious reason, got jobs working in a chocolate factory. Their task was to wrap the candy before it went to the next room on the conveyor belt. Everything was fine for a while, but soon the belt began to move faster, and they began to fall behind. Nothing they did seemed to help.
Life, in the form of candy, kept coming at them much faster than they could handle it. Soon, their supervisor returned. They had tried to cover up their failings, so the supervisor told them they were doing a good job and called for the conveyor belt to speed it up a bit.
Sometimes, I feel like Lucy in that candy factory. I just can't keep up with the fast-paced life we live. I need to catch my breath and slow my life down to a speed I can keep up with. That is not always the same speed for everyone. What matters is that it is at my pace.
That pace is different at different places in our lives. When I was young, life could not go fast enough for me. These days, my pace needs to be a little slower as I savor all the good things in my life. There is much to savor, much to look back on with joy. There is also a little bit of sadness, loss and regret.
And that is where I think this new year can be a real blessing. This can be the time when we turn the page on a new day, and begin afresh. ". everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new." May this new day fill your life with joy and peace and every good thing - all at your own pace. Amen.
The Rev. Daniel Fultz is the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church.