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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Christian friends -

     A number of years ago I went to a Native American Spirituality conference as part of my continuing education. One evening our meal was a selection of native dishes. I was very glad to sample some foods that I had never tried before and some with which was quite familiar.

     One food was something called "bitterroot". I put some on my plate and went to sit down at the table next to my roommate who was Native American. I tried some of the bitterroot and immediately realized that I didn't like it and probably wouldn't finish it.

     I noticed that my roommate had some on his plate. I asked him if he liked it. He said "No", even though he eats it often. I asked him why.

     He said that in the days before European Americans arrived the tribes of the high desert regions would gather bitterroot during the time of the year when there was little or nothing else available to eat. They gladly ate it, even though it was bitter, because they wanted to survive and because they wanted to show thanks to their Maker who had provided it.

     "Now," he said, "even though we have refrigerators and don't need to eat bitterroot, we still do, because for us it's kind of a sacrament. We want to show our thankfulness for the way in which God has provided for us."

     Sacraments. Some water, some bread, some wine, some bitterroot. God provides what we need.

 - Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Sunday, April 30, 2017
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23

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