A Message from Pastor Margaret
A Little time Away to See and Hear in New Ways
All of us need a little time off to rest
and recuperate, feel refreshed and
engage in life with renewed energy.
Taking time away from life’s routine
also helps us see things differently
and open our eyes and ears for new
things and new messages from those
around us. The last year has put
enormous strain on all of us, and a little
time off here and there is such great
“medicine” for the mind, body, and soul.
I am grateful for the weekends I have been
able to rest and restore my own energies,
and taking care of my aching knee,
which has been better, and I am grateful
to God for that.
Taking time off also helps us find perspective on what is important in life, and appreciate the people close to us. It does not mean one has to do extraordinary things, but rather find the joy in the simple things in life, the home we have and the beauty of our environment, especially during this early Spring where we witness new life all around us.
Taking a little time away from Sunday worship preparations has also given me the opportunity to hear the messages of those of you, deacons, and members, who have stepped up and shared your own stories of faith and expressed your own hopes and desires to God and with us. It has been inspiring to me and surely for those who have heard your messages. It has made me realize more and more the importance of the Body of Christ as a community of faith where all have been called to per-form certain tasks, but also to bring God’s word to one another. I want to thank you for being there and speaking to us from your hearts.
Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians about the Body of Christ with all its parts, called to do different things, and with Christ as the Head. That image is always an inspiration to me since it captures the congregation in its vitality and inclusivity and richness. It shows the congregation who they can be together and, in their diversity how each person is called by God to be the best they can be through the grace of God. The congregation goes from strength to strength, not because it relies on itself, but on Christ Who is an intrinsic part of the Body. Christ speaks through every person and inspires everyone to be who they have been called to be.
I am so grateful for this reminder that taking time away, allows God to speak to us in new ways. I am reminded of the amazing people and the gifts all of you have and bring to our church. I hope for more sharing and learning about you and your spiritual journeys. I also hope that we all will have the opportunity to take the time we need to recuperate and see life in a different way and hear the mes-sages from those around us that will inspire us and bless us.
May God bless you all.
Pastor Margaret Keyser