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August 2014 - Letter from Pastor Caroline
My elbow hurts from repetitive motion: knitting. I still knit. Why? Because I love seeing something concrete and lovely made out of what’s basically string and two sticks. My hands, a pattern, yarn and knitting needles: ordinary, but they create something useful or beautiful or both.
Serving on a church Team, giving money or resources or time to the church family or congregational mission, doesn’t always feel great. But we do it anyway. Why? Because our ordinary lives in God’s hands, like the yarn in my hands, become something useful or beautiful or both.
The world, by God’s grace, can be beautiful beyond words: the taste of a tomato fresh out of the garden ... sunsets transforming the sky into a symphony of pink, orange, and purple ... newborn fingers wrapping around your finger ... a hug at just the right time ... music that lets your soul breathe ... an addict working the Twelve Steps ... a child reading her first chapter book ... a college student discovering his life’s passion in an unexpected course ... the sudden recognition that the Gospel really is good news and so a heart opens to God’s eternal grace ... a cool lake on a hot day ... remembered love and laughter ... reunions and family jokes … mission doctors reviving malnourished children with salts and rice ….
The good is real. It is also real that humans doing only what suits ourselves breaks hearts and has broken our world: jetliners are shot down, ISIS terrorizes women in Iraq, there is bloody, horrific bombing in Gaza, and children are fleeing for their lives across borders. We people do bad things. The 24-hour news coverage shows us, over and over and over, what we are capable of - children suffocated in hot cars, cats and dogs cruelly mistreated, teens bullied to death by their peers. Yet God loves the world.
Our church exists to love God’s world in Jesus’s name. We keep the doors open, so we can serve people beyond our walls. Many of those people have experienced the hurt of the world. And so our love is how they come to know God’s love.
We’re upgrading the heating, cooling and electrical systems, spending a quarter of a million dollars, so that those who know the harsh lash of what we can do to each other can come to know the good news of what God has done for them.
Helping others takes effort, but we do it anyway. Why? Because the gospel changes people, the good news can work miracles.
In life and death we belong to God. In the heat of August and the cold of January, we serve God. In Lexington and to the ends of the earth, we will make God’s love known.
As the school year starts up again, may God bless teachers, administrators and students May they, and us all, grow in knowledge, and in wisdom.
Grace and peace,