February 2, 2014

Pastoral Letter

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Every morning, my children and I have a number of rituals that help us get it together - just enough - to make it out of the door on time … One of them we do just after all wake up. We walk to the window of each room, open the curtains, and stretch our arms up high to the sky, and loudly say together: “Good Morning, God!” What seems like a silly way to greet the day has now become one of the most cherished morning rituals in our home. It brings a smile to everyone’s sleepy faces, and helps ground us in God - from the very first part of our day.

Over the small amount of time that I have been a parent, I have learned oh so many things. One of the most precious to me is that my children have truly taught me to live in the moment. For as much as our culture insists on schedules and values promptness, children insist on the immediate, and value our presence more than anything. And, I, for one, need to be reminded of that — over and over again. For many, including myself, it is all too easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of our world, and to get lost in it all — always planning for the next thing while in the midst of something else entirely (and then not truly experiencing either).

I am reminded of the hymn, “Take Time to Be Holy,” which reminds us to “speak oft with the Lord.” My children help me take this precious “holy time,” remind me the value of my presence with them, and keep me focused on the here and now.

What helps keep you focused on the here and now? With whom do you take “holy time?” Who reminds you of how precious you are, that you are valued beyond measure?

The Olympics are fast approaching; the Super Bowl is here. These are all huge events when we lift up the finesse and amazing talents of athletes. But, each of us has special talents and gifts — even the youngest among us.

May we work together as a community to see and cherish the unique gifts that God has given to each and every one of us, and hear them. There is much to be learned.

Take Time to Be Holy, my friends.

Your sister in Christ,
Pastor Melinda T. Dodge