Pastor Sally’s Devotion for April 1,2020

Dear friends,

I realized today that I was letting the future get to me.  In fact, the future, as I was imagining it, was ruining my day.  So I paused and took out my favorite prayer book.  I found a very useful reflection in the entry for today.  It was written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who suffered great sorrow in her early twenties at the kidnapping and murder of her baby.  I think her wise words are useful in these days when letting the future or the past “get to us” is simply not helpful.  Here are Anne’s words:

“Hurry is an unpleasant thing in itself, but also very unpleasant for whoever is around it.  Some people came into my room and rushed in and rushed out, and even when they were there, they were not there – they were in the moment ahead or the moment behind.  Some people who came in just for a moment were all there, completely in that moment.

Live from day to day, just from day to day.  If you do so, you worry less and live more richly.  If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”                                                                                                                                                     Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Peace to you, Pr. Sally

Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.                        Matt 6: 33-34

 



Daily Devotion from Pastor Sally – April 1, 2020

Dear friends,

I realized today that I was letting the future get to me.  In fact, the future, as I was imagining it, was ruining my day.  So I paused and took out my favorite prayer book.  I found a very useful reflection in the entry for today.  It was written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who suffered great sorrow in her early twenties at the kidnapping and murder of her baby.  I think her wise words are useful in these days when letting the future or the past “get to us” is simply not helpful.  Here are Anne’s words:

“Hurry is an unpleasant thing in itself, but also very unpleasant for whoever is around it.  Some people came into my room and rushed in and rushed out, and even when they were there, they were not there – they were in the moment ahead or the moment behind.  Some people who came in just for a moment were all there, completely in that moment.

Live from day to day, just from day to day.  If you do so, you worry less and live more richly.  If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”                                                                                                                                                                                                Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Peace to you,

Pr. Sally

 

Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.                        Matt 6: 33-34

 



Daily Devotion from Pastor Sally – March 30, 2020

Dear Friends,

This time of year, there’s a song that starts playing in my head in anticipation of Palm Sunday.  Surprisingly it’s not one of the traditional hymns with which I was raise, although I love the old Palm Sunday hymns.  This song is much simpler.  It’s a bit of the song the disciples sang on that first Palm Sunday.  “Hosanna in the highest!” 

The word, Hosanna is actually a Hebrew word.  It means save us!  But over time is also became a shout of praise for whoever was being honored.  In this case the word was shouted to honor Jesus, the one the crowds believed would be the new king of God’s people.  Did they know they were also calling in one voice to God to save them?  I guess it’s hard to know what the crowds thought on that day.  They certainly didn’t do well by Jesus as the week progressed.

In this week as you begin to think about our Palm Sunday celebration next Sunday, I will share this link with you.  Perhaps this very simple “Hosanna” song will fill your soul with praise for the one who does, indeed, come to save us.

Blessings,

Pr. Sally



Daily Devotion from Pastor Sally – March 27, 2020

Well, I finally summoned my courage and did it.  I bathed my dog at home! 

Theo, my Bassett Hound is not a small dog one can easily lift into the kitchen sink.  He weighs about 55 pounds, and so it’s not easy to strongarm him into anything he doesn’t want to do.  Usually we take him to the dog wash on Elkhart Avenue for his bath.  He willingly goes up the ramp for a dog treat and then we can trap him in the tub which lifted off the ground so it’s easy to reach Theo.  There’s a shower hose too for a convenient wash and rinse. 

There is nothing like that in the Wick’s house.  There is only a bathtub with a bucket for rinsing.  It was quite the ordeal today.  Theo wanted nothing to do with the water in tub.  I had to lift him in half a dog at a time.  By the time he was standing in the water, I was wetter than he was which means I no longer cared if he shook water all over me.  I was already soaked!

Somehow, I wrestled him through the bath and won!  I even managed to “blow” him dry a bit.  He decided he liked the warm air.  When I finally set him free, he raced downstairs and ran back and forth through the house howling for about 10 minutes.  He wanted to be sure I knew he objected to the whole enterprise.  But he’s clean!  Doesn’t he look handsome seated angelically on the living room rug?  One would never know he’s so much trouble!

How often we struggle against doing things we don’t want to do.  Some of them are good for us too!  I know there are lots of things I am doing these days that I don’t particularly want to do… like social distancing, but I know it’s the right thing for me and for my neighbors, friends, family and church family.  It’s difficult, but good for all of us.  I expect there will be long term benefits for us all as well.  I think we may be better neighbors, more intentional about staying in touch with loved ones, and I expect to be a better cook!

Hang in there.  We are learning and growing in ways we don’t fully comprehend.

Peace,

Pr. Sally

 

We glory in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5: 3-5)

 



Daily Devotion from Pastor Sally – March 26, 2020

Hello friends!

As you can see, I was at the church yesterday.  I was picking up some more books from my library as it looks like I may be working from home a little longer than I anticipated.

The church was very quiet with nobody there, but as you can see the light was still streaming through the beautiful chancel window and dancing on the east walls.  I stood in the chancel just above the steps and imagined you all there celebrating in great joy.  It seemed to me the sanctuary and even the whole building was just waiting for you all to come back!

I wonder if God feels that way about us sometimes.  I think about the waiting father in Jesus’ story of the prodigal son.  He waits and waits for his son to return.  We know he’s waiting because he sees his son coming from a long distance out.  And he runs to him, throws his arms around him and kisses him on both cheeks!  Smooch! Smooch!  You can’t do that during Coronavirus days!

While our church building waits for us to return, and we wait impatiently to gather together again, let’s not make our Father wait for us.  Just because we can’t go to church doesn’t mean we can’t run to our Father with thanksgivings and requests.  Pray lots!

Warmly,

Pr. Sally

Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you;

    I have called you by name, you are mine.

                                Isaiah 43: 1

 



Daily Devotion from Pastor Sally – March 25, 2020


Dear Friends,

The spring is definitely on its way. My gardens have green sprouts throughout which is a bit of an adventure for me this year in my new home. I think I have spied some daffodils coming up which gives me great joy. I enjoy the spring blooms in particular.

I believe the created world must give God great joy. We read in the first chapter of Genesis, that God repeatedly announced as he looked at the creation that “It was good.” Our God is all about creating and giving life.

This Sunday, in worship, we’re going to sing one of my favorite hymns. It begins, “Morning Has Broken like the first morning; blackbird has spoken like the first bird. Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! Praise for them springing fresh from the Word!” The whole song is a celebration of morning, which is a daily repetition of the first day of creation. “Morning” gives us the assurance that God is still creating new life.

In these days I try to take in the natural world around me. I attempt to look beyond the scary news reports and see the buds on the trees and sprouts in my garden. I listen for the songs of the birds and the chatter of the squirrels as they taunt my puppy. I smell the damp earth in my back yard trying to grow new grass. These are the signs of new life. It all sings of the promise of God to keep recreating our world, and to keep recreating you and me.

Peace,

Sally

Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Isaiah 58:8



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