Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Sitting here early on a Wednesday morning, and my it is a lot different than just a couple of weeks ago and our record breaking heat wave. Talking about the weather again because it had an effect on some hopes many people had for last night. Last night was to be the height of viewing for the Perseid meteor shower. Enjoy the night time sky a lot my self, and that event is a yearly treat. Thoughts of driving out away from the city lights a bit and taking in the celestial show were made moot with the arrival of the rains. It was disappointing, but also a perfect metaphor for what happens sometimes in a life of faith.
Even though the light show was not visible by me, the truth is it still went on. It was not dependant on my sight to make it real and true, and beautiful. Sometimes my vision gets clouded in other ways. Feelings of hopelessness, frustration, and sometimes just a gloomy outlook, prevent me from seeing the good news that is still there, from knowing the joys that God would have me take in. Makes me remember again a favorite Bible verse of mine that I turn to again and again, from John 1:5, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it."
Let me also share a part of a prayer, written by Henri Nouwen some years ago, "Please accept my distractions, my fatigue, my irritations, and my faithless wonderings. You know me more deeply and fully than I know myself. You love me with a greater love than I can love myself. ..... Look at me, see me in all my misery and inner confusion, and let me sense your presence in the midst of my turmoil.......Take my tired body, my confused mind, and my restless soul into your arms and give me rest, simple quiet rest.....Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.
In the peace and power of the Christ,
Fellowship Host's needed for Sunday August 16 and August 30