Pastor’s Corner 6/2/19

Dear Ones,
 
“Hope is the thing that flutters – and perches in the soul – and sings the tune without the words – and never stops at all.”
 
       Many times I have returned to these lines from Emily Dickenson, for like all humans, I sometimes lose my grasp on hope. This is one of the reasons we need prayer – to keep us connected with the One who sources new life, possibility & thus hope for us. This is also one of the reasons we benefit so greatly from community, for when we are losing our grip, another can pick up the slack for us, enabling us to maintain vision and momentum that otherwise might falter.
 
       Painting this bird last year was one of those moments that returned me to hopefulness. Listening tonight to a small church in a small community, share about their children’s ministry that has quintupled in the last year, not only fills me with hope for that congregation and their mission, but for ALL churches and OUR missions.
 
       Where is hope fluttering in your soul? How will you embrace its tune and allow its possibilities to guide your steps this week? May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace, bubbling over in the days to come!
 
Margaret