August/September Pause

As I write this, I am deeply aware of how quickly time has passed and Fall is right around the corner! As I get older, it just seems to speed up exponentially. Even more reason to rejoice in the day. To treasure each moment as best we can.

Therefore, I have always appreciated how Jesus moved in the world, truly taking things “one-day-at-a-time”. He had a very organic process. Walking from town to town, sitting with the people, having a picnic on the nearest hill, sharing the Word, and healing those with the deepest need. He was also intentional about bringing those who were being marginalized into the ministry. Women, tax collectors, those “detested” Samaritans, the prodigal sons, the lost souls…even us. But he also had strong words for those who abided only by the law. Many times, he was heard telling the Pharisees and Sadducees that the law will not win you a place in heaven. Yes, he did say pay unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, but more importantly, he emphasized, pay unto God what is God’s. In modern terms: Get your ducks in a row! Who matters most?

As our denomination steps into some difficult conversations and growing pains around the positive inclusion of our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQI community, let us be mindful of Jesus’ message. We only have today to live it out.

Matthew 22: 37-40 Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and the most important commandment. 39 The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself’”.

It’s pretty basic…may it be so.

Peace, Pastor Jenny

Christ UMC Maplewood