Pastor’s Ramblins

It seems like there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Most people are ready for many of the COVID-19 mandates to come to an end.  We look forward to being able to see people’s faces, shake hands, and among family we haven’t seen in too long, hugs.  If nothing else, this past year has taught us the importance of physical connection with those we love.

As the announcements of mandates coming to an end are released, so too are we gearing up for graduations and summer activities.  My own family will see our eldest graduate.  I look forward to what God has in store for his future.  Additionally, our youngest is already looking forward to football.  What busy lives we can lead.

In the midst of everything, we need to remember to renew ourselves, mind, body, and spirit.  Personally, I have enjoyed taking some time along the banks of Silver Creek, just listening to the sound of the water rushing over the rocks.  It is soothing and allows me to reflect.  Sometimes in prayer, sometimes on scripture, sometimes on issues I am facing that I haven’t found a solution to yet.  My prayer is that I remember to take those times to refuel myself and that I remember to remind others to do the same.  While we have all spent a great deal of time social distancing, it has not been a time that has renewed most of us, but rather stretched our patience and nerves.  Be kind to yourself and others.

Finally, I am reminded to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  It is easy to get caught in the emotional outpouring found today in politics, church, and family.  Remember that Jesus stood with the oppressed and outcast.  As a church, moving out of the period of social isolation and distancing, may we not forget that the greatest act of love we can offer is acceptance of all people where they are, affirm that all people are created in the image of God, and that God desires a restored relationship with everyone.

Talk about ramblin’. I feel like I have meandered like the Susquehanna River.  No matter what, remember that you are a child of God, loved and accepted in Jesus.

Blessings!

Pastor Mike.

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