Dear Friends in Christ,
Grace to you and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Summertime... and the living is easy has passed, we are now in the hustle and bustle of fall and all that it brings. Whether we have children and grandchildren or not, the start of school marks a new beginning for all of us. The life of the church is not immune to these changes. Church school, adult education programs and all kinds of other activities kick back into high gear. Perhaps all of this provides us some new opportunities we do not often think about.
Lent is usually considered the time in the life of the church where we are to be more introspective - to think about our faith and our relationship with God and each other. I have given this some thought in the last few days and it seems to me that perhaps September is also a good time for us to try and get in touch with our faith and our relationship with God. If we in fact are starting anew most of our programs then maybe, just maybe, it is a good time for us to take a new look at our own lives.
I believe we have been provided some excellent examples over the last several weeks. Several of our fellow parishioners have come forward and shared their spiritual journeys with all of us. I want to commend each of them for their willingness to share with us their personal journey in faith. I have both enjoyed their stories and have learned from them.
While each of the journeys follows a slightly different format there are two things which strike me about these efforts on our behalf. First, is that I think they provide each of us models for our own introspective looks at our own lives. It would be well if each of us took time to think and write down our own personal journey. Second, I believe we could all receive great rewards from our sharing these stories with each other. I am not quite sure how we might do that but I think it would be a wonderful, life-giving experience for this parish. I will leave the details to others, but I do pray we find a way.
Happy journey and God’s Peace.