Time Flies...

Happy New Year to our Christ Church Family, surrounding partners and beloved community. We are so blessed to be here and present as witnesses to the Gospel in action.

WOW! The year has flown by! I remember when I had my first child, my mother would warn me, “Watch out! She will be a high school graduate before you can blink an eye”. Truer words have never been spoken. All the more reason we need to live in the moment and enjoy what is, rather than worry about what might be. Much easier said than done. Personally, as a “recovering perfectionist'“, too often I worry about the unseen, thinking I have some sort of control over what will happen from day-to-day. Or that I have control over someone’s response. I am here to tell you that is a big fat “no you don’t!” But you see, God does have a handle on things. That’s when we turn to the Creator and say, I give it up to you. You can have this mess, this heartache, this struggle. I can’t do it on my own. And God provides relief, support, compassion…and maybe not even in the ways we might anticipate. As we enter 2019. perhaps it can be a year more about being kind to oneself, living in the moment and trusting God has it in hand….

In God’s loving peace,

Pastor Jenny L. Larsen

Christ UMC Maplewood