Letter from the Pastor

February 7, 2020

Letter From the Pastor – February 9, 2020

The Reader’s Digest, some years ago, told the story of a Jewish rabbi who was counseling a man about the role of money in his life.  First, he took the man to his office    window and asked him to look out and report what he saw.  The man reported that he saw streets filled with people, all sorts of people – young, old, rich, poor, black, white, tall, short.  Most of them seemed in a hurry.  Some of them looked worried and lonely and frightened.  Then the rabbi took the man to a mirror and asked him what he now […]
January 30, 2020

Letter From the Pastor – February 2, 2020

          During the severe cold of the winter of 1994, a reporter, who writes a syndicated column that appears in many of the major newspapers, told a story that deals with a problem that subtly confronts many people.  It was about a man whose car got stuck on the ice while he was on his way home from work.  The man was white, and the community in which he was stranded was predominately black.  It was after dark and the man was frightened.  To make matters worse, he ran down his battery.  There was no service […]
January 24, 2020

Letter From the Pastor – January 26, 2020

Today is the last Sunday of January and each of us is one month older.  To some, that is good news.  To others, it is not.  For many people there was a time in life when were complimented if someone guessed our age to be more than it was.  Now we are complimented when someone thinks our age to be less than it is.  Somewhere along the way, a transition took place.  But when did it happen?  Most of us do not remember.  We only know that it did. Our attitude toward aging is an interesting thing.  We live in […]
January 16, 2020

Letter From the Pastor – January 19, 2020

It is a fact that we can never really know where we are unless we have an awareness of where we have been.  It is foolish to try to go back and live in the past.  But it is an act of wisdom to remember it, reflect on it, and learn from it. Any accurate inventory of the past will include some happy memories.  We should hold on to those and carry them with us from one year to the next.  Then when the road gets difficult, as surely it will, we can take out one of those memories and […]
January 10, 2020

Letter From the Pastor – January 12, 2020

“In the cities the wounded and dying cry out, but God ignores their prayers.”  This cry of Job must be one of the most poignant statements in the Scriptures.  Although the scholars keep telling us this is an anguished cry for help from a man in intense pain, it sounds more like a cry of despair.  After all, this is the same Job who also cried: “I give up, I am tired of living.  Leave me alone.  My life makes no sense.”  But the scholars must be right:  knowing Job, basically a man of faith, his outburst must have been […]