“Behold, I make all things new.” This phrase from the Book of Revelation (21:5) has been rattling around my head these past few weeks. Partly it’s because after our move to Palm Beach and starting my ministry among you, all things do indeed feel new. In the rectory kitchen, I’m constantly opening the wrong drawer seeking saran wrap. In the office, I’m always searching for the correct light switches. On the roads, I can’t seem to remember the schedule for bridge openings.
But these are all minor annoyances, things that will inevitably fade away as familiarity and routine set in. “Behold, I make all things new” isn’t just about minor changes, but deep renewal. Jesus himself has done a new thing in calling me and Bryna to Bethesda — for us, yes, but for the entire community. And that is exciting! A new thing is happening here and I can’t wait to discover what God has in store for all of us in the days, months, and years ahead.
And in the meantime, we’ll spend these early days getting to know one another and building relationships. Things will still feel new for awhile. But even amid the changes, we all hold on to the many beloved traditions of both the Anglican tradition and life at Bethesda. We revel in the liturgical seasons that keep us rooted in God’s time. And we remain tethered to our Creator, who loves us and calls us each by name.
I am delighted to be among you and look forward to worshiping with you for the first time on Sunday morning. Jesus is indeed “making all things new.”