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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pastor's weekly message

Greetings again Dear Family of Christ,

Last Saturday began ominously enough for me when I answered the phone and it was Berdena (that is Choice's mom) and I knew, without her uttering a word, what the call was about. Choice's brother Tom had died, after a long struggle with cancer. He was only 59 years old. But the day was not filled with sorrow. The grand-kids were with us and so we played, and then played some more, and then played a little more. It was a beautiful day, and there was much to enjoy. But there were also moments of tears as a song, a smell or some other stimulus would cause Choice to remember anew what had been lost some 2,500 miles away, back in Ohio. So often joy and sorrow are interspersed, life and death share the day.

On Sunday morning there was more of the same. We celebrated the baptism of little Lillie Ott (she was not in a celebratory mood for a bit because when you have to eat you have to eat), and it was a grand thing to be part of. Ken and Brenda Plinke were there, and Ken shared after the service how good it was to be present for that event as he had just returned from burying his father. Death and life, life and death, from the ending there comes another new beginning.

Hopefully we know the truth of that, but sometimes it is made a little more powerfully clear to us. This Sunday is Pentecost, another showing of the promise of new life in, around and through us. It receives fuller attention sometimes, but it is something that is present for us everyday. (That is one of the reasons Luther encouraged starting each day by making the sign of the cross on our foreheads, so not only would we be reminded of whose we are, but also of that promise of new life through the gift of the Christ.)

May we appreciate the gift of life anew every day.

In the peace and power of the Christ,

Breath of God, every living thing depends on you for life and sustenance. Open your hand and fill us with good things that delight and satisfy. Grant all that we need to live as your Spirit-filled people, in the name of the risen Christ. Amen.

Please, if you read this before Sunday, and are interested and able, wear some red in celebration of Pentecost.