A Message From Pastor Margaret
Let Us Make That Phone Call and See What Happens!
Today I called Bessie Difley and Abby Hale, our two centenarians who have birthdays this week. What a pleasure it was to chat with these two women, who always have something uplifting to say to me. I came away from these conversations with an important message, that is, to live and appreciate each day we are given, to the fullest. Hearing this from them, reinforced for me this period of grace we are living in, given our current situation in the world.
There are days when we look forward to getting up and doing things we want or need to do; and feeling good about our accomplishments. Then there are times when it is not so easy, when situations such as our health, and other circumstances impact how we approach and go through our day. To feel sick, be in pain, grieve the loss of a loved one, or feeling overwhelmed with life, are the things that make it hard to live through a day and appreciate it to its fullest. I am sure all of us can relate to some of these experiences.
During this pandemic I have come to realize that waking up in the morning is pure grace, that we are here for a purpose, and that we have the opportunity to connect with one other on a deeper level. So, listening to our centenarians, who would admit that they have lived a long life, it makes so much sense to hear that each day is a gift to them. They are so grateful to just have one more day added to their lives. But it dawned on me that each day during this pandemic is a gift to us as well, and that no day should be taken for granted.
I very much enjoy reading about Jesus’ conversations with individuals He encountered on His journeys. He made it look so easy, especially when some of the people He talked with, would probably be the kind of people we would want to avoid, right? His life was not easy, as we know. Despite that.... (click here to read more)