A Message from Pastor Margaret
A Summer to find Deep Peace and Joy…
Since my last writing in the June Spire,
we all have been introduced to the beautiful
end of spring and the beginning of summer
here in the Northern Hemisphere. While
June offered us the fresh early morning
gentle breeze, we are now ushering in the
month of July with its warm, and hot
summer days. July is the month where many
of us come together with our loved ones,
searching for cool spots like the beautiful
New England rivers and lakes, swimming
pools and the ocean breezes along the
amazing coastlines, from Maine down to
Rhode Island. If you are lucky, you may go
down to Florida, or to the Jersey Shore, or
cross the many state lines, searching for the
place you have been yearning to visit. It is a
time we have been looking forward to, to break away a little after a long year of hard work and navigating life through a pandemic with its challenging circumstances.
Yes, it is time to relax in the shade of a maple or oak tree, enjoy the water from the stream running over our ankles, as we rub our feet across the beautiful stones. It is a time to watch the birds as they pay a visit to our backyards and porches, and yes, for many it is a time for the mind and body and soul to be restored and renewed.
As we enjoy these hot summer days at our favorite spots, we have the opportunity to find moments of solitude, reflecting on lessons learned, and taking the time to let go and emptying the mind from the many worries it has been consumed with the last year; time to enjoy the grandkids, spending the much-needed time with our elderly, and reconnecting with loved ones we have not seen for such a long time.
Rest and renewal also happen at a deeper level, the place of our souls where we seek to find peace, the peace that we find with God. We are reminded of the Prophet Jeremiah, who encouraged the people of Israel that their Babylonian exile will come to an end, and that Yahweh will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. We have an opportunity to place all our cares in the hands of God, leaving them all there in prayer and petition and with thanksgiving for bringing us to this place and time where we are now; and as we do it, we will experience the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guards our hearts and minds in Jesus Christ as the letter to the congregation in Philippi describes in Chapter 4 v 6-7.
As a church we will resume many of our activities we had to put aside during the pandemic. May this month of July and August give us the rest we need, so we can look forward to a fuller and richer experience with one another. May God help us and keep us safe here and across the world where the church is trying to find its way to minister and worship God.
May God bless you!