One of the real gifts of the Christmas / New Year holiday season is the gift of connecting to people. We had a weekend of celebration with Julie's family before Christmas, the standard massive Christmas Eve with hundreds of people at Central, a quiet Christmas Day with our nuclear family plus my nephew, my niece, and her husband, and yesterday most of my siblings and families were at my house for several hours of games, food, digging into old family history, and telling stories about the way things used to be.
It's been a good season.
Times like this are such an important reconnection. Entering into a new calendar year is a lot easier if you know your roots. Looking at Adam in the freshly created, unstained Garden of Eden, God said to himself, "It is not good for the man to be alone." We need community, and part of the reason is that community and rootedness happen together.
Roots are not so much about what happened back then. Or rather, roots are about a community of people with a shared history AND vital connections in the present. This is true of families and of congregations.
I pray that you have deep roots that continue to grow in 2013!