The Dale-y Word
by Rev. Duchess Dale
“Take notice! I’m about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things won’t be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” Isaiah 65:17 International Standard Bible
“And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new ” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Revelation 21:5
If you happened to hear any of my Sunday talks in December or read any of my social media posts, you may already know that I was preparing for a fresh new start by releasing the challenges that began in November 2016 that continued reverberating through 2017.
It can be confusing trying to extricate yourself from one area of life and step into a new one. This relates to the mythology of Janus, the Roman god of gates and doors, and of both beginnings and endings. Represented with a double-faced head, each looking in opposite directions he was worshipped especially at the beginnings of important events in a person’s life. The beginning of the day, month, and year, both calendrical and agricultural, were sacred to him. The month is named for him, and his festival took place on January 9th. Janus also represents the transition between primitive life and civilization, between the countryside and the city and of peace and war.
Being inspired by Janus, I am giving myself permission to look back– briefly and gently–to learn from last year so that I can move forward with wisdom and hope.
My favorite quote for the new year is from actor, Bradley Whitford: “Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon on high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”
Right now, join me in this moment of spiritual practice, claim your throne, begin to write your words that are faithful and true to design and affirm the new year as you desire it to be.
Affirm: Take notice that I Am the I Am; and I make all things new with the power of my word, intention and faith. And so it is.
Rev. Duchess Dale