The Pastor's Peace - July, 2015
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Who is ready for some fireworks and hotdogs? I know I am looking forward to the 4th of July and all the celebrations. I’m not so sure I am looking forward to the summer heat, but hey, that’s what friends with pools are for. Obviously the 4th is a time for us to celebrate the independence of our country from the tyranny of the British, even if they are nice to us now. Besides marking that event, many take an opportunity to remember the sacrifices of those in the Revolutionary War, and all who have sacrificed in many ways to defend our country and defend the ideals that our country stands for.

In our neighborhood, we have the world’s shortest 4th of July parade. I don’t know if it is actually the shortest, but with a parade route of about half a mile, and a group of about 30 people, a car, and an old wicker pushcart, it is pretty short. We celebrate afterwards with hotdogs and ice cream in the park. I think last year they went through 130 hotdogs, which is perhaps the most impressive feat. Now, every year we have fun, and it is a good time, but in comparison to many 4th of July celebrations it is rather tiny. It is nothing compared to the parades in the big cities, or the grand fireworks display in New York City and Washington DC, although on hot dogs eaten per capita, we might have them beat. Even though it is not grand, is it still worth doing?

In scripture and in the teachings of Jesus, we see many examples of the importance of small things and of humble events. We see heroes in the parables who are common people, not great leaders. We hear of the small mustard seed that grows into the great tree. We hear of the small donation of the poor woman, who gave all she had, and how that donation was truly the greatest. If we learn anything in these stories, we see that it is what is in our hearts and the sincerity of our faith that really matters, not the grandeur of our actions. So if you have a small parade, or some other event or act of kindness that seems small compared to the world around you, fear not, it is still of value. Christ is with us in every act of love and support we do. Never think that a small gesture or action will not lead to greater change in the world. After all, the great British Empire of the 18th century, on which the sun never set, probably thought very little of a small group of backward country folk in the Americas. The rest they say is history. Have a Happy 4th of July, and eat an extra hotdog for me.

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Brian