“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ”- 2 Corinthians 5: 17-18
Many of us have enjoyed the floral arrangements set on the gathering space table over the years. Midvale member Annie Loewenhagen has been the creator of these artful centerpieces. Each week there is a new creation for all to enjoy. Sometimes the flowers have reflected the seasons, or the holidays. The most interesting arrangements have been what I classify as the “renewal arrangements”. I have commented on them to Annie and here are some responses:
- They have been recycled from the weekend’s altar flowers
- They were from a wedding bouquet I found in the refuse
- They are from the funeral wreaths that family members could not bear to bring home
And my favorite response,
- Those are the leftover new member corsages from six weeks ago; I brought them back to life!
In other words, by Annie’s hand, things are “always being made new”. With her eye toward design, everything old has passed away, and there is a new creation. This work reflects what St. Paul wants us to know about our life in Christ. God, in Christ Jesus, is always making things new. You and I, like flowers transformed, are always being made new by the hand of Jesus. We are continually brought “back to life”- by his offer of forgiveness, fresh starts, and peace in the present moment. God’s love lifts us up and sustains us. God offers this new creation to us; we do not earn or merit it on our own. And there is nothing, not even death, that can stop God from making all things new! We believe this about our individual selves, about our community, about the church. Nothing is ever beyond God’s transformational power.
You are always being made new. It is God’s sheer gift. Go and proclaim this good news to all people!
- Pastor Katie