Pastoral Post 5.19.2017

I’ve been dealing with much grief this week. I’m reminded there is much heartache in this world. The sorrows are real and deep.

 This Sunday we’ll be reminded that we are not alone on our journeys. We’ll read from Isaiah 43:1-7, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you…When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…when you walk through fire you shall not be burned…Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you.”

 I’ll tell a story from my trip to the Kory Wawanaca Children’s Home in Bolivia, which I hope to use as a kind of parable to bring home the words from Isaiah. The title is “Three Grains of Sand,” and you’ll learn just how important “Three Grains of Sand” can be!

 I was saddened to hear that the driver who intentionally mowed down numbers of people in Times Square had suffered mental and substance problems. If only someone could have gotten through to him that his despair was not beyond hope.

We are people of faith. We are people of hope. We are people of Resurrection and new life. We are a people who claim the truth of the words of the Canadian Creed: “In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.”

 See you Sunday,

Sandy

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