It can be tough to be the new kid. I remember new kids arriving at school in my small town where they remained the “new kid” for at least a few years. There was always a difference, named or implied, between them and the locals. It wasn’t until I grew older that I experienced the new kid phenomenon first-hand. I’ve moved a number of times as an adult, and feeling like the one who is on the fringe of the community is tough to shake.
In our reading from Exodus this Sunday, we are told in no uncertain terms that God is never a newbie in the unfolding story of humanity. The God who comes to liberate God’s people from oppression in Egypt says, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (3:6). God has been actively involved in creation from the beginning. God knows us better than we know ourselves. God’s continuing presence in, with, and through all of creation is an incredible gift! I wonder, what if we could live that gift and reality every day?
By the power of the Spirit we regularly welcome visitors to St. Tim’s. I can only imagine what it’s like to walk through the doors and feel very much on the fringe. But is anyone ever on the fringe when it comes to God? NO! We are all enfolded in the love and grace of God, and in that sense NO ONE is a newbie! What if we recognized the presence of God, a presence that has been at work in each of us from the beginning, in every person? What would our church, what would our city, what would our world look like?
See you Sunday…