Happening Now Blog

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

"He has made everything beautiful in it's time..."  Ecclesiastes 3:11 (RSV)

Driving into the church from my daughter Amie's place in north Portland, just off of Lombard.  After a string of lovely mornings, this one did not seem so lovely.  It was damp and cool, overcast.  Not being much of a morning person my less than sparkling attitude was no great surprise.  Headed for the St. John's bridge, and before I got there saw my grandson cutting across Lombard, headed for his last day of school.  Honked the horn, surprised him more than he surprised me, maybe he wasn't supposed to be there, but  the surprise made me smile.
Got to the bridge faster than usual, smoothest trip there yet, and then sitting on the bridge itself, thoughts drifting to the day ahead, sitting in traffic, feeling the bridge shake as heavy trucks rumbled past.  That was a little unsettling, to be bouncing like that so far above the Willamette River, but looking to my left I saw, settled amongst the fog and mist, the Fremont Bridge and downtown Portland behind it.  I've seen pictures like this framed and for sale at Saturday market.  It was beautiful in it's own way and I took a moment to thank God for the beauty.
Then the trip continued.  From that point on it was my longest drive (timewise) into the church.  I waited and inched along, talked to other drivers and did some lamenting, didn't do much thinking of beauty for a while.  But now here I sit in the middle of the afternoon, and what is remembered most clearly are those moments of beauty and promise, the ones that made me smile.
Sometimes I am not capable of noticing, but I am reminded again and again that "he has made everything beautiful in it's time".

The Lord calls us to pay attention, but we do that at the very least, from time to time.
In Christ,
Give time to this prayer, or something like it, "O God, you are the tree of life, offering shelter to all the world.  Graft us into yourself and nurture our growth, that we may bear your truth and love to those in need. through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  Amen."