"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful." Colossians 3:15
Standing outside, the time is approaching the passing into another new day. The night is dark of course, but not as dark as the past few. The moon, just a couple of days past full (it was called the "wolf" moon this month) is now just barely visible above the trees to the east. It looks amazing. There are stars over head, some clouds streaking by in the silver light. And then I hear the great horned owls talking to one another. Their conversation is a welcome one to listen in to. Experts no doubt could make some sense of such things (and I would welcome the knowledge, but tonight just to hear the hooting is sweet enough.)
Used as an allegory or not, those hoots from owls speak to hope and life in the darkness. Sometimes things do seem pretty dark, life challenges us, as individuals and as a community. And even then God speaks to us, or maybe especially then, and takes us by surprise. That is what I believe in, sometimes cling to, and then I end up, in spite of myself, with words the likes of which Paul offers, "let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts ... be thankful".
Ah yes, "be thankful", that is sometimes very difficult to remember to be. Sometimes things are very dark, in reality, in the seasons of the soul. But there is much to be thankful for, and may we take in such moments, and in them, even in darkness, know the "peace of Christ".
Listen. In the peace and power of the cross,
"Steadfast and loving God, so often we come before you bearing only our concerns. We get so weighed down with our worries that we forget to sing for joy. So now we lay our grief, pain and worries aside for a short while, with the assurance that they are already safe with you. So with the psalmist we give thanks for - the dawn of a new day and the splendor of creation, the joy of seeing things anew through the eyes of young children, for friends who share our laughter and tears, for those who create art with any media, for scientists who search for new ways to eradicate diseases, for the diversity of thought and culture and gifts among your children, for the smells of food, the flowers of spring, the gifts of your love for us sent in so many ways. For all that we have and all that we are. Thank you! Amen!"
Wednesday Evening worship at 6:30 pm
Men's Night; Thursday February 4th, 6:30 pm at Old Chicago Pizza
Sunday, February 7th 'Souper Bowl Sunday' Bring Cans of Food for Shepherd's Storehouse, also
The confirmation youth will be selling raffle tickets for two baskets;
Basket One; "Super Bowl Basket" features $15.00 in pizza certificates and all the extras that go with super bowl.
Basket Two; Features Homemade Lasagna and Bread along with extras.
tickets are $2.00 each or 3/$5.00
(need not be present to win)