Committed to Something New

December 31, 2022

Exodus 40.12-19

12 “Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water. 13 Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest. 14 Bring his sons and dress them in tunics. 15 Anoint them just as you anointed their father, so they may serve me as priests. Their anointing will be to a priesthood that will continue throughout their generations.” 16 Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.

17 So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year. 18 When Moses set up the tabernacle, he put the bases in place, erected the frames, inserted the crossbars and set up the posts. 19 Then he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering over the tent, as the Lord commanded him.

A new start in the life of the nation.  Promises have been made together as the covenant was given to them at Sinai.  There have been some struggles already on the way and the covenant was restated to them with the making of new tablets after the golden calf.  But today the tabernacle is set up and they are ready for a new start, again.

This is the feeling of New Years.  We get ready to restart.  We make promises.  But we have to get past the struggles and live out what we have promised we would do.  Changes stick as we live them out for more than a few days.  That is always the struggle in the beginning of the year.  We want different, but without having to change what we are doing.

Here we see the change and the setting up of the tabernacle.  We will see times when this is the norm and they follow God and worship as he calls them.  We will see times when they go their own way and worship others gods as they have been warned against.  And we will look at a history filled with ups and downs for them all.

We can look back and wonder what was wrong with them then.  Or we can look at ourselves today and see that we continue to start with good intentions and then let them fall to the side.  We have ideas of how things can be better, but we don’t work them out for ourselves.  We wait for another to do for us and we expect changes without changing.

What changes this year?  We don’t need to look for a bunch of things we have never done before.  We can simply look at the things we have been struggling with and commit to working on those.  We can see the places where we have continued to fail and make another go at the changes.  We can see the changes we have needed all along and actually work on what we need to do and see change.  And then pick up the pieces if we fall again and restart each time instead of waiting for the new calendar to go on the wall.  A desire and follow through in change can be the change we make.

SongBe Thou My Vision

Prayer

For all the possibilities ahead in this new year, make us thankful, O Lord.  Give us wisdom, courage, and discernment in the face of so much chaos, despair, and fear.  Help us to see how, in our circumstances, we can contribute toward peace, faith, and love.  And give us the will to translate our desires into action.  Amen.

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