The Pastor's Peace - August, 2008
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Hello and peace to all of you from your new pastor. I first want to thank the entire congregation for giving me the opportunity to serve Beaver UCC, especially the search committee for showing me such hospitality and kindness during the interview process. For those of you who I have not met yet, I look forward to meeting you soon. From worship to potlucks, I have enjoyed the small time I spent at Beaver UCC and am looking forward to hopefully many years of fellowship in Christ with this community.

As I write this, I am now halfway between Boston and Dayton, halfway between the old and the new. As I have been packing and packing and packing my things I have thought about the profoundness of moving and how it is a metaphor for many aspects of life, including following Jesus. The idea of going from one place to another is present in so many parts of our faith. From Old Testament accounts of 40 years roaming the desert to themes of Baptism where we die to the old and are reborn to the new, these ideas of transition are abundant and powerful.
One consistent theme in these moving stories is that of trial and tribulation during the process. I certainly have had my frustrations of packing, lamenting over leaving friends and even anger in dealing with scam artist moving companies. However, these things are nothing in comparison to the difficulties Moses had during the long journey to the promised land. They are also trivial in comparison to the struggles of Jesus at Calvary. Despite the small magnitude of my difficulties, they are still real and challenging, as are many of the difficulties we all face in our daily lives. If we face these difficulties, however, with God's help we can ultimately overcome them and move into a better and brighter future. For me this is coming to a promising ministry in Dayton, for Moses it was finally seeing the promised land, and for Jesus it was the salvation of Humanity. All things are possible with God. We must remember that even if the journey looks long and difficult, eventually God's love waits for us on the other side.

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Brian