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Eric O. Ledermann

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Thanks for stopping in. Pour yourself a cup o' jo, take a load off your feet, and check out what's here. You are looking at my ramblings about issues of faith, life and culture—they are my own and are not necessarily shared by those with whom I work, live or otherwise engage.

My journey has led my family and me across the country where I have been introduced to a lot of people and a lot of different ways of doing things. One passion, though, runs through all these experiences: building beloved and sustainable community. "Sustainable" community is kind of a strange notion, as communities (people) change constantly, and things are always in motion. So, the latest chapter of my life has led me to the notion of "impermanence"—not an idea that comes naturally in a culture that likes to build monuments to our greatness for future generations to view and admire. But, I'm trying to practice my awareness of impermanence—the idea that nothing is permanent, nothing is forever, and things are always in flux.

Feel free to share your comments and engage in any conversation that may be happening here, but just know that I do reserve the right to delete any spam or anything I deem inappropriate or offensive. I look forward to dialoguing with anyone who cares to dialogue!

Peace and blessings,
                   Eric Ledermann

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Happy New Year!

“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.”

– Calvin Coolidge

Colourful 2014 in fiery sparklersHappy new year! What a wonderful time to dream about what 2014 will be like, make new year’s resolutions, and seek to do all those things we keep putting off. . . . Ok, I can’t do this. I can’t do yet another “happy new year” newsletter article full of all sorts of bubbly thoughts about “new beginnings” and resolutions I know darn well I won’t keep or fulfill. I would love to lose weight, be a better husband or dad, study more, read more, etc., etc., etc. Reality has proved, despite my best intentions, that I am who I am, and I am evolving much slower than I would often like. But I believe I am still becoming a better me than I could have imagined, thanks to a God who continues to surprise me, frighten me, challenge me, and love me through the grace and sometimes challenge of other people in my life doing and experiencing the same things in different ways. Sometimes, looking at myself in the mirror and wishing I had Brad Pitt’s body, fame, influence, etc., is not necessarily the best thing for me (nor is it realistic since I’m sure “working out” and having that body is part of his job, thus gym time is also “office time,” and not a part of mine).

So, in this season of new beginnings, and yet another year in which I anticipate all sorts of deadlines, appointments, meetings, and lengthy “to-do” lists that never seem to shrink, I resolve to do the only thing I can: be as faithful as I am able and seek to continue to grow deeper in my faith walk with God, as I seem to have been doing (intentionally or unintentionally, at times better or worse than at other times) for the past 40 or so years.

A new year is a fresh opportunity, but no more than a new day or even each new hour or minute of our lives. I cannot promise what 2014 will bring for you or me, but I can promise that God will be as present as our own breath, and as much a part of us as the hearts that beat within our chests. Another season simply brings another opportunity for us to practice paying attention to what God is doing and how God is present to and for us, those around us, and all creation.

There you have it. A simple message for the new year. That’s it. May God’s blessings richly fill you with the knowledge and experience of the love of God revealed through Christ Jesus both now and into 2014 and beyond.


1 comment to Happy New Year!

  • Eric, you give us such common sense with these words. They are realistic and honest. Each year evaporated still is a testament to one person’s adventure and journey. We need to take stock of what one year meant and the potential for the next. Witnessing our own living and where each day takes us is gratifying. I try to go down my day at bedtime, a 24-hour memory lane, and assess how useful I’ve been, what I accomplished and where I stumbled. I am astonished what God has given me with each additional day of life.

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