Pastoral Reflections Rev. Barb Muhs, pastor, Salem Church of Lincoln Lincoln, Iowa
November 5, 2012
This moring I recieved words that were music to my ears, “Today is our last day to combine.” I admit that I smiled at these words and then paused to give thanks for one more year of safety in the fields as well as the yield (dispite a dry year). With this thought I came to the office, hit the “play” button on the CD player, Pam Thumb began to sing her familiar songs, I went to task for my usual Monday morning, “To Do...list” and then I heard Thumb sing words that remind me of God’s presence. “Life is hard. God is good!” Perhaps it is the cold weather that is drawing me to think about the winter and those who will be struggling for food, warmth and basics to sustain them in life. Perhaps it was the news article about a homeless man who was recently beaten to death as he lived under a bridge that has raised my awareness once again to the haves and have- nots. I know that someplace in my soul God is pushing and pulling me to THINK. How and in what ways can I make a difference this winter, how can we as churches, communities and individuals reach out to make a difference not just Thanksgiving to Christmas but beyond that time frame. In 2 Corinthians 8 we read of Paul encouraging followers in Macedonia to be generous with their abundance of faith with those who are struggling. Paul reminds the followers of Jesus’ abundance of richness, yet for our sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty we could become rich! So we ARE invited to share the richnbess of our faith as well as try to finds a balance of fairness from our weath to share with others. (15) The one who had much did not have too much and the one who had little did not have too little. Ummmm. So we search and we seek and we ask God how we can be used to make a difference , how we can give a little more, (and yes, sometimes it hurts) yet our gifts, when given with a joyful heart for our abundance is a blessing that we may not ever understand. A friend of ours ran a restaurant and on occassion she would offer us a free meal. When we would agrue with her about makg her living at the restaurant she would respond with, “Don’t take my blessing away from me.” Her words were both direct and thought provoking. During this season of thanks we do have much to be thankful for and we probably have a bit more that we could give if we seek, pray and open our eyes to all that Jesus gave for us, Yes, life can get hard for each person in their particuliar situation but what we need to remember and help them remember is that God is good! not just sometimes but ALWAYS!
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