It’s summertime. I pray our Lord Jesus guides you through a season with simple times and soulful memories as God’s Grace become yours.
I’ve noticed something over the last few years: we very rarely realize while we are having seasons of simple joy, God’s presence on display, memory making that this is indeed something to remember.
Having been with hundreds of people as they age, I have heard countless stories of days spent in backyards with neighbors, days when kids sat lazily around on porches, baseball games where the mediocre skills of the players was far outweighed by the laughter of a mistake or tales of an unlikely homerun. The common theme of these stories is: “These are the good times.” In other words, they are the moments of life which are often taken for granted. There will rarely be some sort of banner announcing “remember this day, it is as good as it gets.” Relish and remember, these ARE the good times.
One of the reasons I cherish being a Christian in the Methodist tradition is we highlight as a part of our faith practice, that salvation is not something which solely happens when we die; it is something we experience here and now. God is with us now. Do not wish our lives away as though when we are dead we’ll find good ole’ days. God is with us, we are not alone — NOW.
Luke 17:20-21 “Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘look here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.”
On another note: We will be having a Town Hall meeting on June 23, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We will update you all on the happenings of the Annual Conference (our regional UM Group), Wesley’s Lay Member to Annual Conference Pete Haayen will give his report, and I will update you all on the General Church.
In Christ. See you Sunday!