Pastor’s Column

…that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Straining Toward the Goal. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers (and Sisters), I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.Only let us hold true to what we have attained. Philippians 3:10-17 (ESV) When I completed school, and went to my first church to serve as an associate, I entered a whole new world of the Desert Southwest. The appointment was at St. John’s UMC in Albuquerque, NM. I arrived at the end of May, and the temperature was already well over 100°F. I kept exclaiming, “It’s so hot!” Waves of heat radiated from the asphalt and the concrete. One morning on my way to the church, I was discouraged. Things did not seem to be going my way in the ministry. I felt over-worked and grumpy. As I locked the car and headed into the building, I saw a dandelion growing out of a crack in the pavement. The morning was already very warm. Looking closer, I saw that condensation from the roof was trickling down the spout. It was just drops of moisture, but it was nourishing this homely yellow bloom, causing it to thrive in that harsh environment. My heart began to rejoice at this small part of creation receiving provision in the midst of an impossible situation. Life is sustained, somehow, by the gift of grace beyond explaining. While we consider the forces beyond our control as we look to the coming year – social change, political unrest, uncertainty on every front, personal and worldwide– let us press into all that God has for us in Christ. The Apostle Paul reminds us that Jesus has made us His own. Listen for His call in the wonders He has already done – is doing – and will continue to do. Jesus makes a way for us to enter into Life when we see no way. His love and watch-care are assured. “I will never leave you, nor forsake you,” He says. (Hebrew 13:5) May the Lord richly bless you and yours in 2018!

Yours in Christ, Margot

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