Although I know that the beginning of the Church Year was a month ago on the First Sunday of Advent, I am making a series of New Year's Resolutions that were prompted by a very unlikely source, at least for me, an essay, What I Have Learned These Past Five Years: Reflections in Advent, 2008, by the Revd Dr. Ephraim Radner, Senior Fellow at the Anglican Communion Institute and Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College in Toronto. I recommend the essay and here are the resolutions that arose out of my reading it:
- I won't insist, or even expect, to have my own way.
- I won't make disagreements in the church battlegrounds.
- I won't be so foolish as to think that I and those who agree with me have the solution to the church's problems.
- I won't demonize those with whom I disagree.
- I will be patient, trusting that God will handle everything in God's own time.
I pray that with God's help I will be able to keep these resolutions,
I am thankful for Dr. Radner, even though I have not often agreed with him in the past. Reading his essay reminded me that God can speak to me through the most unlikely people.