Happy New Year! Happy New Decade! We pray that God will continue to bless you and your family with peace, joy, love, and dreams. As we reflect on our focus for the month of January, we receive a DARE to Forge Pathways. Life is a pathway that ultimately leads us to God. There are no roadmaps other than the Scriptures, the Word of God. There are times when the pathway seems clear, free, and uncluttered. Then we encounter a challenge, a situation, a “rocky road,” and we become a bit insecure, a bit frightened, a bit lost. It is then that we hear the words of Jesus remind us that “I am with you always.” This can be a call to begin something new, begin a new path, believe that we can keep on going! Whatever the response, let us make sure that we rely on the direction and the inspiration that comes from the Spirit. There will always be signs in front of us. We need only to look with eyes of faith and trust.
This new year holds so many wonderful possibilities for each of us. We can make a difference in our world, and we can encourage our children to embrace something new and exciting. Dreams can motive us to forge a new pathway, to create our own direction. Dreams become realities when we abandon the “what ifs” in our lives. Look at what is possible, see what is possible, and go for it!
During this month, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. who did dream and did believe that another world was necessary and could be possible. Believe in your dreams, share your dreams, and discover the possibilities.
Thank you for your kindnesses and generosity to us during the Christmas season. We thank God for the gift of you and for the opportunity to grow closer to God together.
Let us pray for the gift to see and dream. Let us share in our families how the uniqueness of each one is the gift that we carry on our journey together as community.
With love and hope,
Sr. Maureen Gillespie