From Our Assistant Rector

Reflections on 2012
By the Rev. Tar Drazdowski
Posted January 7, 2013

While trying to reflect on 2012, I realize this has been a year of many highs and lows for all of us. One of the questions I always try to ask myself, in good times and in more difficult times, is where is God in all of this. Sometimes the answer to that question comes easily. God’s love and grace are always evident when we celebrate our lives together in Christ. In those more difficult times, due to the fallen world in which we live, God’s love and grace may not be as apparent. We can be assured of His love, even though because we are human and hurting, we might not always be able to see it.

My greatest spiritual insight this year came in the middle of senseless tragedy. While preparing the sermon for the Sunday evening Eucharist, Advent III, God’s small still voice reminded me that we as Christians really do affect what happens in the world around us. Our behaviors, attitudes, and reactions are like the ripples we see when we cast a stone into water. If you watch, you can see the ripple form into concentric circles.

As Christians, the way we encounter and react to the world around us really matters. It matters to our families, it matters to our community, and it matters to the unsuspecting stranger who doesn’t know who we profess to follow.

I hope that in the next year we can remember our Baptismal covenant to treat all of humanity with the respect that is worthy of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.