A Message From Pastor Margaret
Dear God, make us artists of grace and mercy...
The drive from Northampton to our church in
Barre, is a beautiful drive all year long, from the
forsythias, cherry trees, and azaleas in full bloom
during springtime, the fullness of trees and shrubs,
grasses and wild flowers hugging the road during
hot summer months, and now...the beautiful,
beautiful fall colors. Even winter has its own
special charm. The forever changing landscapes must be an artist’s dream throughout the year.
It is also an interesting and fun drive, especially during the last week or so, when I passed several homes, decorated with Halloween figures and creatures with fun and scary costumes. I would occasionally stop to take a photo, appreciating all the hard work families put in for our little ones. One main street on my drive back home last night, Halloween night, was filled with young and old, walking, wandering, stopping for candy, almost like a pilgrimage, I thought...
This drive to our church is also a time for me to reflect on the grace of God upon us and all the families as I’m driving through Hadley, Amherst, Ware and Hardwick. I am thinking of God’s grace and mercy beyond these communities, and I am grateful for that. I am praying for their lives, and their struggles, even though I don’t really know what they may be going through.
I feel inspired and warm inside, knowing I will soon be walking through the doors of a place of holiness, a place where God is. I feel blessed to work with our Office Manager, who has created a welcoming space for all who enter, and who shares with us her own story of faith in our November Spire. I feel inspired by our leaders, committed to the life and ministry of this church. The November edition of our newsletter is filled with activities and upcoming events, and it speaks to the love and compassion there is for all in and outside this church community.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving later this month, let us thank God for our blessings, and ask God for mercy on the ones who suffer, near and far. Let us pray for one another, and let us be there for one another.
I am in awe of the Great Artist, whose hands and breath created all this, created us. I am praying to God to continue to bless us, and make us instruments of love and peace, to make us artists of grace and mercy.
God’s richest blessings,