From the Desktop of the Pastor – Week of the 12th Sunday after Pentecost

Hi everyone,

I can’t believe that summer is already half over.  Well, it is half over for us living in this part of the world and who have kids that go to school, as other parts have school starting like next week or something and others who are in the middle of winter.

But yeah, it seemed to have gone really fast.  The other day my younger son asked if he had to go to school tomorrow.  I said no, you have about 38 more days.  He looked at me, nodded some content type of nod, and said, “yeah, I can do 38 days.”  Of course he can.  He hates school.  As soon as they’re back I’m sure he’ll be complaining of how much he doesn’t want to be in school and so on and so forth.

It’s just now that he’s forgotten how much he hates it.  Well, he’ll be reminded soon enough I guess.  Like, in 30 days (see, I told you it was fast!)

Here are the readings for next week:
1 Kings 19:4-8
Psalm 34:1-8
Ephesians 4:25–5:2
John 6:35, 41-51

More food talk.  More bread of life talk.  More talk about feeding and eating and being satisfied forever.

The thing is, we sometimes forget.  We sometimes forget that we are forgiven, that we are God’s beloved children, that we are covered by the grace of Christ and that we are given value and worth.  We sometimes forget who we are.  We sometimes forget whose we are.  So it is good to be reminded.

Not to be reminded of how much we dislike something like my son not liking school, but more reminded of just how much we’re loved and how important we are for the great grand scheme of life itself.  We are part of a community, part of a body, part of a church.  We are part of a people group that depends on each other to be in relationship with each other and to love, care for, and support each other.

It’s just that we forget.  So we need to be reminded.  Every 3 years we get the same readings.  Every year we get the same seasons with similar themes.  Every 7 days we are told that we are loved by God and eternally welcomed into God’s kingdom.

This is the kind of truth that will satisfy and last us forever.  We just need to be reminded.  Thanks be to God that we are!

Have a great week everyone!

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