Pastor's Blog
May 30, 2017, 3:23 PM

June Blog


As my grandchildren come to the last days of their school year with anticipation of summer vacation I thought of a little "rhyme" we used to say at the end of the school year.  Maybe you remember it as well.

No more pencils

No more books

No more teachers' dirty looks.

The rhyme brings back all kinds of memories.  I remembered what it was like to be a child and the excitement of getting out of school and having a break from the normal routine.  The end of school was also a rite of passage that marked time and a stage of life: the last day of kindergarten, last day of elementary school, junior high, high school, college.  The excitement is often tempered by a feeling of uncertainty of what's next.  The first day of school you might have been excited and a little bit afraid, not knowing what to expect.  The last day of school you have come to know what to expect and now that it is over, the future lies ahead with its unpredictability, sometimes producing anxiety.  School's out and we're excited, but also uncertain of what the future holds.

People of faith are not immune to the anxiety change brings.  What we claim and hold onto is the God who is with us in the midst of change, the One who will never stop loving us, and always be with us.  As the writer of the hymn, "Be Still My Soul," put it, "In every change God faithful will remain."  We may not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.  We can walk forward into the future knowing God will be our God.  We put our trust in the Lord and walk in faith.

One last thing.  Summer is a busy time for most of us.  In the midst of all the activities you will be doing, let me encourage you to stay active in worship, which will be at 9:30 am beginning on Sunday, June 4, and when you're out of town why not plan to be a guest at another church.  Through all of the changes in life God is our constant, and it is important for us to stay connected to the One who sustains our lives.

God Bless You,

Pastor Becky

 

 




April 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

May Blog


Everyday as I leave home for the church I see dandelions in my yard.  I don't mind the wild flowers that grow in my yard, but some of my neighbors do, especially dandelions.  I know I have to take care to remove the flowers or kill the plants before they go to seed.  Just last weekend I had two of my granddaughters pick dandelions and I paid them to do it!  I owe them $92.00 and they didn't even scratch the surface.

You know, I like dandelions.  There is something so friendly about them.  They are one of the bright and cheerful signs of another spring season.  Children love to pick them for their mother, grandmother and teachers.  My granddaughter Rachael told me she took some to her teacher "all the time" last year.  When my children were young I had frequent bouquets of dandelions in my kitchen window through spring and summer.  Children also love to blow the seeds into the air and watch them catch the wind!  Children really do enjoy dandelions more than those who want well-groomed yards.  Dandelions are a special part of creation for us to enjoy and use.

When my daughter was in fourth grade her class cooked and at friend dandelion heads.  She tried it at home and they were pretty good!  Those yellow flowers can be used to make jelly and wine.  The young leaves of the plant are tender and tasty and good in salads or they can be cooked.  Those leaves are rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, Vitamin A and C!!  Early settlers depended upon dandelions when vegetables were scarce.  The roots can be roasted for a hot drink or cooked as a vegetable.  Native Americans used dandelions medicinally.

Seems to me like the dandelions is a valuable flower, rather than of little importance.  Think about these words Paul wrote in his first lettre to the church in Corinth.

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and he chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose what the world thinks is unimportant and what the world looks down on and thinks is nothing in order to destroy what the world thinks is important.  God did this so that no one can brag in his presence."   1 Corinthians 1:27-29

Just as dandelions seem unimportant so do some people, yet God created each of us out of love and sees us as unique and valuable.  There are so many people we over look and unconsciously consider unimportant, perhaps like a dandelion, as we go through our days and weeks.  We forget to look at them as a gift within our day.  We may see our need for them and we don't appreciate what part they are playing in our lives in that moment.

May God make us more aware of those who serve us whether it's the checkout clerk, the one who takes your fast food order, your postal worker, the usher at a church, the dental hygienist, the guy who changes your oil or any number of people you may encounter.

God bless you as you reach out to others with a smile, a word of encouragement and a blessing.

Pastor Becky

 

 

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