Sometimes people pick a word for the year, as I have done in the past. I do not know that I have a word for 2022, but this morning I got the feeling that “water” was going to be a key theme for me for 2022. I do not know what that means. I think is began without me noticing it on New Year’s Day when my wife Diane did the “Polar Plunge” in the ocean at Myrtle Beach. This morning I was looking over one of the written sermons on my blog that many people are accessing this week because of the Lectionary preaching schedule. This week’s Scripture is John 2 where Jesus’ performs His first recorded miracle which was turning water into wine at a wedding. A little later I was looking for a book and noticed the 2021 West Virginia United Methodist Church conference journal from summer conference and saw the title “Building Bridges” with the drawing of a bridge over a stream.
As I saw the bridge over the water, I thought of the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou” when the character goes in the water and comes out baptized saying “Come on in boys, the water is fine”. When I got to this point in the post I wanted to shelve today’s post and save it for the Sunday morning sermon because there is so much I want to say and I like to keep these posts short. But I feel like I am supposed to post this because this is going to mean something to someone who will read it. I am still leaning toward using this as a springboard to my sermon on Sunday. We will see. Wherever the Spirit leads. And sometimes the Spirit leads us not over a bridge, but right into the water.