Happening Now Blog

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come .....and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance." Song of Solomon 2:12a &13b
 
The number of dafodils up and down I-5 is pretty astounding.  There are huge bunches of them in the median and they certainly brighten what can be an otherwise boring drive.  Not sure if they have yet caused me to sing out loud, but they sure do help a sometimes surly early morning attitude, and have caused me to smile upon more than one occasion.  A simple, beautiful, bright reminder of the presence of the creator at 65 (and sometimes more) miles per hour.  Proof that even when we may be in a hurry God still tries to get our attention.
 
No matter how much we may know the truth of the beauty and its constance reminders are still necessary.  What a patient teacher and generous care taker.  And that is exactly what I was in need of when working outside again the other day.  Mowing, mowing and more mowing.  Looking more at my watch than anything else.  The hip feeling especially sore trying to duck under and around some bushes and vines.  Feeling morose for no other reason than it seemed I wanted to, hurrying purposefully.  And then I passed under a flowering plum (I believe) and there was perfume in the air, and a fluff of pink and white.  Time to stop and take a deep breath, recognize the richness, change the attitude, and give thanks.
 
The reminder will be needed again and again, we all know that, and the Creator continues creating with that reality seemingly in mind.  Thanks for the beauty and the moments appreciation.  The adventure continues.
 
In the peace and power of the cross,
Pastor Randy
 
"Lord, catch us off guard today.  Surprise us with some moment of beauty or pain so that for at least a moment we may be startled into seeing that you are with us here in all your splendor, always and everywhere, barely hidden, beneath, beyond, within this life we breathe.  Amen."  Frederick Buechner
 
Happening this week:
 
Wednesday March 3rd
Soup/Supper at 5:45 pm
Vesper service at 6:30 pm
Adult choir practice at 7:00pm
 
Thursday March 4th
Men's night at Ken Plinke's at 6:30 pm
 
Friday March 5th
Rummage Sale planning luncheon 12:00 pm
Confirmation Retreat at SOV 6:00 pm
 
Saturday March 6th
New to You outing meet at SOV 10:00 am