Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great spring break. It is good to be back, and I look forward to seeing you this week. We have some good things going on!
TONIGHT: Worship at 6:30pm. Come and be refreshed with God’s Presence!
THURSDAY: We will talk about Spring Break and think about how God showed up for us during that time!
Now For Sami’s Ramblings About Jesus:
You are gift. Not you are a gift. Not you are the gift. Just simply, you are gift. English majors are probably going crazy right now at my choice of words. But there is something power-filled in that statement. When I hear it, receive it as if spoken to me, it has profound meaning; I am charged by its implications, reverberating against the walls of my soul. You are gift.
Several things come to mind. Last week during Spring Break my sweet baby and I went to a continuing education event at
Since it was too soon to be separated from my new baby for seven days, one of my dear friends who serves on our Board took our students to
What strikes me is that in the two examples above there was no preaching involved, simply presence. Somebody showed up. Somebody entered into the stream of life with others and the course of the river changed. You may think this is not a big deal, but lately I am staggered by the power of this “no big deal” in my life. Sunday, March 14th was Joe Winters birthday. Someone said the word “trajectory” in church, and I sat there thanking God for Joe’s life because that is the word I often associate with him. Joe married my Mom when I was seven years old. For thirty years he has been a constant and abiding presence in my life. He is not someone who preaches. He doesn’t get overly emotional about stuff. He is strong, steady, steadfast. Faithful. And I know he loves me. For thirty years he has shown up in my life, simply being present. And his presence has changed everything, altered the very trajectory that my life was headed, and gave this passionate and tender heart the grounding to stay secure in life’s storms. I don’t have words to thank God for him. I just have deep wells of gratitude and love. Where would my life be today if Joe Winters had not entered into its stream? Where would the course of the river have taken me if a steady hand had not been there to guide it to good places? This ordinary miracle of somebody’s presence has made a heavenly difference, without even trying to.
So what I say to you (and to me) is that you are gift. Your life has profound meaning. Just showing up where you are makes a difference that you cannot comprehend. And God who gave you as gift gives to those around you in ways you cannot imagine. So live this day with gratitude, thankful for those gifts who have graced your life, and confident that your life too is gift given.
This is me trusting,
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