Pastor: Rev. Beverly Hall
Forrest Gump was a philosopher of sorts. The quote above is from the movie, Forrest Gump. Forrest’s home spun wisdom made us laugh, cry, and nod our heads. The full quote is, “My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’” On this Holy Week, as we head to Easter Sunday, we feel that quote, don’t we? As Christians we bear the full weight of Jesus’ last days on earth. He deserves our attention as we focus on the cross – and beyond to the tomb – and to the resurrection.
“Are you connected?” is a question pastors often ask. As a pastor, I need to be “plugged in” to many different areas. As a Methodist pastor, I need to be plugged in and connected to the larger Methodist church in order to fully live out my call in ministry. I also need to be connected to the community and to those outside of the church. In what ways are you “plugged in” to church, to the community, to God?
Fences and borders keep people out. Borders and fences also keep people in. We tell ourselves these barriers are for our safety. We maintain these areas as we mark our territory. What fences have you put up lately? What borders are you desperate to maintain? What territory are you protecting? It could be much more than a physical space!
Have you ever needed to cover yourself up in a blanket and simply enjoy the warmth of being “underneath” the covers? Right now, our ground is partially covered by snow. What is happening under the cover of snow is truly remarkable. This is the exciting part - what is happening under the snow. Our earth is producing flowers and new life – under the cover of the snow. It is a beautiful process, one that I am in awe of. Even though it is cold and barren looking, new life is being birthed – right under our feet!
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could “do away with ads/commercials altogether?” Most of the time, I find ads annoying. They interrupt the story in a television show, are interjections in my e-mail and social media time, and get stuck in my head with the repetitive jingles or tag lines meant to help me remember their product or service. I go out of my way to avoid them – my DVR is my friend, I play CD’s in the car rather than listen to the radio, and I skip ads online as soon as the web will allow it! Ads seem to take a lot of my time.
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