Fostering Love and Understanding: A New Year’s Message of Inclusivity and Compassion

Dear beloved Mosaics community,

As we kick off a fresh journey into the new year, let’s fill our hearts with stories of hope, growth, and a sincere commitment to be there for one another. Picture our unique community as a vibrant mosaic, where each one of us, regardless of our differences, contributes to the beautiful picture of our shared life.

In the book of Galatians (3:28), it says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” This reminds us that we are all equal and united. Ephesians (4:2-3) encourages us to approach each other with humility, gentleness, patience, and love. These words guide us to build connections that go beyond our differences. When we truly appreciate our diversity, we lay the foundation for an environment where everyone is not just acknowledged but embraced with deep care.

Think of hospitality as a warm hug extended to strangers. In Hebrews (13:2), it wisely suggests not forgetting to show hospitality, as it might lead us to entertain angels without even knowing it. Hospitality isn’t just a gesture; it’s a powerful force that creates an inclusive and caring atmosphere. Let’s fully embrace hospitality as a shared value, creating a space filled with kindness, empathy, and love that goes beyond any boundaries, allowing room for growth and understanding.

Revitalization is like giving a makeover to struggling churches. It’s an invitation to rediscover our purpose and importance in a changing world. Inspired by 1 Corinthians (9:22), we learn it’s important to adapt to different needs and connect with our community in meaningful ways. This means really listening, being willing to change, and using technology to connect with everyone, no matter where they are.

Imagine adding lots of inclusive things to our gatherings, revitalizing our spiritual practices and making our connections stronger. As we start this new year, let’s welcome chances to grow, face challenges with open hearts, and promise to help our community with caring and kindness.

May the threads of diversity, hospitality, and revitalization weave a tapestry of love, understanding, and endless chances for growth and service.

With a heart full of compassion and a spirit eager to grow together,

Rev. Dr. Stephen Moon

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