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“I will stand at my watch post, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint. Then the Lord answered me and said:  Write the vision, make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.  For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.”  Habakkuk 2:1-3 NRSV

         I hate to admit this.  I have fought this and put it off for as long as I can.  Here goes – my eyesight is not as clear as it was a few years ago.  My wife has tried to coax me into wearing my glasses for distance, my ophthalmologist provided the tests and the solution, but my stubbornness has prevented me from deploying the cure – glasses.  I want to be able to see the finer points on television when I watch the Syracuse University games, and I need to see clearly when I drive the car, so I will bend my will to the realities I face and wear my glasses.  I will live into a clearer vision! 
         I wonder if there are other areas of my life where I need clearer vision.  I imagine, that if I would bring many of my life situations and lay them out before my God that God might encourage some adjustments.  Perhaps there are areas that I have just been too stubborn to change.  How about you?  Are there areas and situation where you need to have your “vision” checked? 
         Beginning in January we will move into a new sermon series where we will work together to cast a 20/20 vision for our future.  I don’t think we will find many quick fixes, so I intend to engage this with the goal of being in a better place a year from now when the calendar turns to 2020.  I invite you to come and join us and journey through calendar year 2019 with an eye on the new perspective of 2020. 
         We will begin by looking at getting fit spiritually, financially, physically and fit in our relationships. 
         There will also be some prizes given out, and some scholarships available to help people accomplish the changes that may be necessary to live into the call God is placing before us! 
         As we change our calendars to 2019, come and join us as we seek to set a new vision for 2020 – let’s work together to begin to imagine the best that God might have for us as individuals, as families and as a congregation.  Come and join us for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30A.M. - we'll save you a seat!is not noted here, and we have no way of knowing, but I can't help but notice that Matthew comes to faith very soon after the Sermon on the Mount of chapters 5,6 and 7. I can't help but wonder if Matthew was in the crowd on that hillside a couple of chapters ago. Perhaps he heard Jesus Rabbinic teaching, and found the teaching transforming and irresistible! That would make sense that days later as Jesus passes by he quickly leaves everything to follow.Take a look with me at a subtle development that usually goes unnoticed in the Gospel of Matthew. We are in chapter 9 - roughly a third of the way through Matthew's Gospel account and someone gets invited to the party! Why, it's Matthew himself!Take a look with me at a subtle development that usually goes unnoticed in the Gospel of Matthew. We are in chapter 9 - roughly a third of the way through Matthew's Gospel account and someone gets invited to the party! Why, it's Matthew himself!It makes me wonder and recreate some of the story in my imagination. I wonder what Matthew's life as a tax collector was like before this day when Jesus invites him to come and follow. Apparently Matthew was a devout Jew -- at least he carefully couches all of his Gospel account in context of the Jewish heritage. In Grace and Peace, Pastor Bill