“In whatever sense this year is a New Year for you, may the moment find you eager and unafraid, ready to take it by the hand with joy and with gratitude.”  Howard Thurman

I write this the day after Congress approved a woeful tax bill that will increase the gap between the rich and the poor. The soul of our nation is at risk.

I know this news, along with so much other news, is affecting me in ways I’m not even aware of. I’m resolved to be extra gentle with myself and others so that I don’t project my bad feelings, unconsciously, into the world.

I know we at Mayflower will continue to “hold our note,” to do the work that is ours to do. We will continue to resist and organize powerfully together. The ISAIAH strategy—of caucusing and presenting a faith agenda and getting 25 members from Mayflower to go to the party conventions this summer—fills me with hope and excitement.

I also know that in the year ahead we will need to be ever gentle with one another. We live in demanding times. We need to weave our community ever more strongly together, comfort one another, strengthen one another, enjoy one another… Remember the words of the hymn we love?

We are pilgrims on a journey, we are trav’lers on the road.
We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you in the shadow of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping, when you laugh I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow till we’ve seen this journey through.

2018!  We’re ready for you!  We have one another!

—Rev. Sarah Campbell