Pastor's Pen July/August 2013.

I am not sure what is more nerve-racking: waiting for an idea to come to me for what to write about in the newsletter or waiting by the phone anticipating the news of the birth of our first grandchild.  Either way, each has an element of surprise and eagerness.

Throughout life we wait for many things: “birth”days, long weekends so we can get away and relax, weddings, the arrival of a loved one who is traveling, a letter or parcel in the mail, or a tradesperson who is going to fix something in our house.  The list could go on and on.  Waiting can be defined by how many more sleeps until the big event or wondering what the results of the doctor’s report will bring regarding health issues.

Waiting can be exciting or very stressful.  A humorous story is told about Rapid Transit.  The antiquated train on a branch line was creeping slowly through the countryside when suddenly it came to a dead stop.  The only passenger in the car, a salesman riding the line for the first time, asked the conductor why they had stopped.  The conductor said, “Nothing to worry about, sir.  There’s a cow on the tracks.”  In about ten minutes the train got under way again, but after chugging along for a mile or two, it again ground to a halt.  Just a temporary delay, “ the conductor said.  “We’ll be on our way shortly.” The exasperated salesman asked, “What is it now?  Did we catch up to the cow again?”

As I wait for my news and inspiration, I am reminded of the biblical verse from Isaiah, “Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, 
they shall run and not be weary, 
they shall walk and not faint” (40:31 NRSV).   The idea of soaring in the sky and seeing God’s creation and God’s continued creative work is inspiring enough. 

Summer is a wonderful time of the year to renew our strength. As we wait for God to answer our prayers, may we recognize those moments, and pray again in thanksgiving for prayers answered.  To guide you through those waiting moments take time to read, pray, and memorize in our mind and heart, Psalm 23.   In this Psalm of comfort and hope we are reminded that the great Shepherd walks with us throughout our journey of life and knows us when we are anxious and joyful.  May we hold onto our special moments in life and cherish our new memories.

 God’s peace be with all of you

 Pastor Jeff