On Groundhog Day and Christian Transformation

On Groundhog Day and Christian Transformation

Author: Jim Anderman
Published: February 1, 2019
Christianity is all about transformation as it calls us to new life in Jesus.
It asks us to claim who we are and decide what is most important to us.  

February 2 is Groundhog Day, a day when local dignitaries will gather at dawn on Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania, to receive Punxsutawney Phil's proclamation about the end of winter and the coming of spring. It’s a fun affair that has spawned a cottage industry of special events surrounding the day. It even became the centerpiece of a movie of the same name.

In the movie, Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a TV weatherman who, while covering the annual Groundhog Day ceremony, is caught in a time loop. He repeatedly relives the same day, Groundhog Day. He can’t break the cycle until he learns how to be a better person by getting in touch with his feelings and the feelings of others. In the end, he does learn and there is a happy ending.

An astute viewer of the movie begins to understand what Phil Connors needs to do to break the loop, but the character just doesn’t get it! Over and over again, he relives the day without learning his mistakes.

Art imitates life. We, too, can find ourselves in a loop of repeated patterns. We do the same things again and again and question why nothing changes. We wonder why we can’t catch a break! On some level we know we need to modify our actions; yet, we irrationally hope for a different result without making the necessary adjustments.

Christianity is all about transformation as it calls us to new life in Jesus. Our faith leads us to self-examination and reflection. It asks us to claim who we are and decide what is most important to us.

One way to get help on your journey of faith is to be a part of a small group of people who you can draw close to, close enough to share who you really are. This kind of trust group does not form overnight; it takes time and not every group is right for every person. This is why the church tries to offer a variety of small group opportunities.

As we approach Lent, I encourage you to participate in a small group. It might be one affiliated with the church or maybe a para-church group. It might be an existing group or it could be a new group you help to form. You might even consider hosting a group of your own that will begin by studying Grounded in Prayer during the Lenten season.

I encourage you to create a new cycle of drawing close to God through a small group that will help you grow spiritually. If you need help locating or starting a group, feel free to ask any of the pastors for assistance, we will be glad to help.

Grace & Peace, 
Pastor Jim



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February 2019 Caller