It can’t be time to write another one of these, can it? We were cruising along nicely here. I was actually beginning to feel on top of things, in control of life and work and ministry. Then I noticed a couple of things I missed. How does that happen? Well chalk it up to a little reminder that we aren’t in charge of things, like we like to think we are anyway.
A devastating hurricane season is a sign of that. Certainly we need to be asking questions about whether our treatment of the planet and its resources has caused this terrible weather pattern to emerge. Are we in control of more than we realize? Could we be more intentional in preservation, in thinking beyond our immediate wants to a future for all? Of course we could, and should.
At the same time we admit our helplessness in the face of destructive forces at work in our world. And then to ask what can we do in response. To that end I want to commend Southport UMC for your response to terrible acts of destruction in our world. Brandon, our finance guru, tells me that we are over $3,000 in giving to UMCOR for the disaster relief from hurricanes that seem never-ending. And some are still giving. So, thank you for caring for those we may not know and yet include in the family. Thank you for giving so generously. I am proud of the response. More will always be needed, of course, but we are ready to help where we can.
A little closer to home, Brandon and I took a walk down to the Police Station here in Southport recently. We were pleased to deliver a letter of condolence and support, along with a check for $2,500 made out to Stacy Allan-Moore, the widow of Lt. Aaron Allan who was tragically killed mere blocks from our church building. While no monetary support will replace all that she has lost, it felt good to offer a sign of caring and hope, a reminder that she isn’t alone in this community. Again, I thank you for your generosity.
Time marches on. There are more tasks to perform, more service to provide. There is worship to offer and growth in faith to continue. New initiatives are underway, like our plan for Student Ministry and the family ministry umbrella over it. Long time efforts are gearing up, like Jubilee Christmas and Kairos Ministry. Things happen and we give God praise for that.
Thank you too for the many who have weighed in on the Christmas Eve conundrum. There are so many good ideas, with a wide range of suggestions. All of which means we probably won’t find the schedule that fits everyone perfectly, but we are listening and discerning and a schedule will be announced soon.
In the meantime, time marches on. Jesus’ Easter proclamation – I am going before you – is a reminder that we must follow, and march on. And even when I get lost in the schedule, I’ll trust that you’ll keep going and allow me to catch up. I have faith that together we’ll get where Jesus is leading us.