Every year my kids and I spend the last few minutes of the year watching the live footage of Times Square, New York, waiting for the New Year’s ball to drop. This year, as we counted down, I felt very disconnected from the typical enthusiasm of a brand new year. This has been a hard season for so many of us. What are we anticipating for the new year? Will it offer joy? Will it offer grief? My guess is it will continue to provide a complex mixture of emotions we have come to know so well over the past couple of years.
As a ministry how do we enter the year ahead? Upon reflection, we realized that the past has allowed us to reach out more to our communities online. As a staff that is based both in the US and Canada, our borders have become very blurred as all meetings now take place via zoom, and we have become more accustomed to using chat and instant messaging to connect faster, more efficiently. We have seen new ideas, such as online book clubs, pop up in our ministry as we look for unique ways to connect. So perhaps, as we reflect on what we have gained over the past couple of years, we can be encouraged as we look forward to the year ahead.
—Becky Jones, Editor