Kingston Presbyterian Church, Kingston, New Jersey
4565 Route 27
PO Box 148
Kingston, NJ 08528

Pastor’s Message – Rev. Sharyl Dixon

October 2021

You can feel it, can’t you? It’s crisper in the mornings. The trees have begun to lose their leaves. Autumn is here and taking root.

I appreciate the invitation of this new season to let go, seeing ordinary things in a different light and waiting for the growth that happens out of sight.

I see the calendar changing and I’ve been praying the words of Isaiah 43, “Behold, I am doing a new thing.” Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.“

This time we are in now, post [not so much post] covid, feels and is so liminal. I wonder if you feel like we are in the wilderness time. A lot of the Bible happens in the wilderness. I hold onto the truth that God is always present and with the people, even when they aren’t happy about being in the wilderness or how long it takes.

I don’t think it will be 40 years and I don’t think we are wandering. I think we’re walking with God toward something new, that is a part of God’s plan for us as God’s people. The prophet Isaiah urges the people to let go of the former things and behold the ways that God is changing and renewing their lives for a greater good. But in order for them to see the new things that God is doing, they must open their eyes and see God. As human beings there are so many memo- ries and experiences slowing our movement into a fresh encounter with God. God says, “Be- hold, I am doing a new thing. Will you not perceive it? Will you’re not know it? It springs right up before your eyes. It is right before you. Can you not see it?”

I know this time is hard, but I also know that God is always with us. Are we on the lookout for what God is doing? Are we opening our eyes and our hearts to what God has for us next? Are we holding too tight to the before, to what we knew? “Our help and our comfort come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” [Psalm 121]. Let us hold onto that.

May you give thanks for what we can leave behind and give thanks that God walks with us. And may we keep asking, “What is your new thing, God? May I have a peek and how will you use me?”

Peace, Sharyl