New Year, New Hope

Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.

Susan Sontag

Dear Riverside,

We look upon the coming year with hope. 2020 has been a year filled with lose, anxiety, loneliness, hostility, and anger. So, we look toward 2021 with hope, perhaps cautious hope, but hope, nonetheless.

In that hope, may we find kindness, for this is also my prayer. Kindness towards ones another as we make our way through this pandemic and kindness towards ourselves as we accept our own limitations and realize that we often neglect imparting grace, much needed grace, upon ourselves.

The thing about kindness is that it does take courage. It takes courage to be vulnerable. It takes courage to do the right thing when that is what is best for our neighbor. It takes courage to put others first at times when we feel we need to cling onto perhaps the very little we have left. It takes great courage to be kind.

It takes courage to love ourselves at times when we feel inadequate or unworthy. It takes courage to admit that we may not have it all together and need the help of others. It takes courage to admit we can’t do it alone. It takes courage to be kind, to one another and ourselves.

Thus, my prayer for Riverside and our community for this coming year is that we find courage, the courage to be kind, the courage to become a living sanctuary that welcomes and comforts one another. The courage to have hope.

May God bless you and yours and may 2021 be year filled with hope, love, and kindness. May it be a year of healing and a year of continued growth. And with that, I’ll leave you with the words of a modern day psalmist.

“In our perfect ways. In the ways we are beautiful. In the ways we are human. We are here. Happy New Year’s. Let’s make it ours.”

Beyoncé

Sincerely,

Rev. Nick