Another year has turned to memory. A new year brings new promise and renewal. It marks the passing of time and is a great time for me to reflect on past accomplishment and how much work remains to be done. This is never truer than in my reflections on my moral inventory.
Several years ago I had the awe-inspiring opportunity to visit the majestic Redwoods of Northern California. It seems a good analogy as to how we arrive at our fellowship. We come into the fellowship as little “nuts” (usually having dropped from a great height in crisis). We are sheltered by the shade of massive Redwoods which shield us from too much sun and too much water. With time we put down roots and begin to stand on our own. Over time we grow and take our place amongst the others. We hold our own value against the wind, sun and rain. As we grow, we don’t always notice the “rites of passage,” but to those who observe us, they see the growth.
May everyone find themselves in the forest. May we be a peer amongst equals with deep roots.