Archive | September, 2013
Aside 17 Sep

God thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain them when His voice is heard. God thunders marvelously with His voice.  He does great things which we cannot comprehend.  For He says to the snow, “Fall on the earth’; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength. He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work.  The beasts go into dens, And remain in their lairs.  From the chamber of the south comes the whirlwind, And cold from the scattering winds of the north.  By the breath of God ice is given, And the broad waters are frozen.  Job 37:4-10 

So very often we get busy.  Busy trying to complete all of the tasks on our lists.  Busy trying to finish one major project or another, and we can finally see the light at the end when it goes out.  The other night I was busy working on a project and had set a time to wrap up and go home.  Minutes before and with no warning the lights simply went out.  They tried to come back on quickly but could not, so I was done.  I had no choice but to stop and wrap up what I could see, turn off the lights so they would not blaze on in the middle of the night and off to bed I went.  

This passage from Job reminds us of just this fact.  So very often we are busy, so busy that we loose sight of God and God’s plan for us.  So God turns out the lights so we have no choice but to remind ourselves that we are not in control.  Job was reminded of this when the ice and storm came and he had to stop and stay home just like the animals that find shelter in their dens and nests.  How often do we find shelter under the wings of God?  How often do we allow God to provide shelter for us in the midst of the storms that rage all around us?  Maybe that is why the lights go out from time to time.  God is waiting to talk to you and the list you carry has distracted you from that conversation.  This past week there have been a large number of cars in the parking lot as apples are being prepared for apples in the morning and pies are being finished in the evening.  Remember that with each pie, and apple that God is there with you.  God wants to be part of the conversation that you are having around the table and as you travel between the kitchen and freezers, so make sure that we all take time to listen to God’s word for each of us and to give thanks that we are part of a congregation that gathers around the table, maybe even whispering the prayer; “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10 

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Learning lessons

12 Sep

Paul wrote to the church of Ephesus, that he desired their prayer support as he shared the mystery of gospel with anyone who would listen.  The mystery still abounds today.  Perhaps this is part of the mystery.

Every once in awhile there is an event that makes you scratch your head in wonder.  This week in church there are people making crumbs for pie, painting, writing curriculum, voting on motions and asking for help.  The Church is in a place where people come from every direction to seek help, and counsel for the obstacles life brings.  Columbian is limited in its capacity to give and yet is very generous to people who are in need.  Over the last several months news has returned to me that some of the people were less than honest about their troubles, but God nor the Bible tells us to keep tabs on the people to whom we give.  The Bible does tell us to be sheep and not goats.  To feed the hungry, visit the sick and imprisoned, bring cover for the naked and drink for the thirsty is what the Gospel according to Matthew and Jesus instructs.  

Needless to say, these lessons are hard and sometimes costly, but we, the church have done our part, we have shared our gifts from God’s generous bounty, and the onus is now upon the recipient.  God holds the scales of justice and grace and I am so glad that is not part of my job description.  The church’s calling is to proclaim Good News, preserve the Truth, shelter and nurture of the children of God, maintain the worship of God, the promotion of social justice and the exhibition of the Kingdom to the world.  Let us be about the business that God has ordained for us and gifted us and let today, tomorrow and the future worry for itself.

I just needed to share a little.  There are several people who are connected to our church who are hurting.  May we go to them and be with them instead of looking at the dollar signs.  God will provide.