Almost always being made sorta new?

You’ve made it to my blog, and you’ve poked through some of the old posts. I’m glad! But I’m willing to bet, at some point in time, you questioned my blog title and tagline. Or, you know that I’m taking a Blogging 101 course through WordPress and you know today’s assignment was to change – or explain – my blog title and tagline. At any rate, you’re here, and now the question is at the front of your mind. In a post from last July, I wrote a little bit about this topic, but I planned to come back to it. In that post, I brought up that the 25th anniversary slogan of the ELCA was “Always Being Made New.” That is basically a paraphrase from Paul’s second letter to Corinth, where he writes, “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NRSV) I struggled to wrap my head around that concept because – let’s be honest – most churches don’t do anything new.

Ever.

But really, all snark aside, I’ve found it hard to imagine that God could take the dead things in my life and creating something new out of them. As much as I write about my faith story, and as much as I aim to inspire others in their faith, my own doubts are probably deeper than yours. But sometimes, hidden in the dark corners of our lives, we see a glimmer of hope that God is still working, still loving all people unconditionally.

And so, I named my blog after a somewhat sarcastic reading of the ELCA’s anniversary slogan: (almost) always being made (sorta) new. The tagline – death and resurrection, every day – is a reminder that newness only comes out of old things dying away. Whether you’re an old follower or a new friend, welcome to this space. My prayer is that this blog will help you spot signs of new life every day, and that you might share that hope with the world.

2 thoughts on “Almost always being made sorta new?

  1. This is how I understand your dilemma. There is a cycle of life. Spring. Summer. Autumn. Winter. There is also the cycle of all life. Birth. Aging. Sickness and death. Always, Always. This is how life works. If all of the life of nature goes through this cycle, why would humans be left out? Question to think about. Why is someone born into the circumstances they are? Beautiful, ugly, smart, stupid, rich country, poor country, loved, neglected. The list goes on. Why does the essence of life, or soul you might say be in anyone of these? Luck? Bad luck? Or lessons needed to be learned. I’m interested in your answer.

    • Hi Sonni,

      Thanks for your comments! You seem to bring up two themes, and to me they’re closely interwoven.

      First, the life/death, health/sickness thing. What matters the most to me is that these aren’t absolutes. I’m generally healthy, but my nose is a little stuffed up and my back is sore from sitting on the couch too long yesterday. I’m very much alive, but still barreling toward death. We are in a season of darkness, and yet the days are getting longer. I guess my point here is that we’re always at every point of the cycle, no matter where (or when) we are in our lives – and that’s pretty awesome!

      Second, about circumstances and luck. My answer might seem like a cop-out, but it’s not: sin. Do children die of cancer because they sinned? No. Do people lose their jobs because they sinned? No. Is our creation falling apart because I drive a Dodge Charger? Well, no…. My point is that we, humanity, are collectively sinful creatures. Cancer could be a result of our abuse of creation. Financial ruin could be a result of our never-ending desire for wealth. War could be a result of our need for power.

      Being human means all of these things. Sick and healthy, rich and poor, dead and alive, sinner and saint (a good ol’ Martin Luther reference).

      -mdj

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