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MESSAGE FROM PASTOR HOWARD

MESSAGE FROM PASTOR HOWARD

Wow! Where did the summer go? I find myself asking that question around this time every year. It seems like we can't wait for summer to come and then in a blink of an eye, it is gone. We all know that it really isn't that way, time passes consistently, but for some reason it feels like it's passing faster. What I have been told is the more active or busy we are the quicker the time seems to pass, and in the summer, we tend to be more active, with vacationing, outdoor activities, and just going out. The time passes quickly.

The truth is life passes quickly. My mother used to tell me that the older you get the faster time seems to go. I thought it was just her and didn't really believe that it was true; but now that I am older, I recognize what she meant. Where does the time go? This isn't something new, the Psalmist writes in Psalm 39, verses 4 & 5, "Lord, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight. Surely everyone stands as a mere breath." Our lives pass quickly, and as the Psalmist says: "everyone stands as a mere breath."

In light of this knowledge the Psalmist continues by saying "Surely everyone goes about like a shadow. Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; they heap up, and do not know who will gather. "And now, O Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you. Deliver me from all my transgressions (vs.6-8)." The Psalmist is saying that we wander about lost in the shadow and turmoil of life, waiting, but what are we waiting for? Our hope is in the Lord and now is the time for us to act in God's mercy.

Recent events in the country and world have revealed just how tumultuous our world is. More and more we see anger and hostility toward others. This is not how God has called us to live life. Every day is a gift and we should not waste it on anger and hostility. Now more than ever we need to show and share God's Forgiveness, Love, and Mercy with the world. Paul writes in Romans 5, "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person -- though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But god proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners, Christ died for us (vs.6-8). The time that we have to teach others God's love is limited and fleeting, we cannot wait another day. Another day may not come, time passes much too quickly.

Peace, Pastor Howard