The Pastor's Peace - October, 2017
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In September we got together and did work on our playground area at the church. It was in need of a great deal of TLC. We had to haul out many wheel-barrows of extra dirt, we had to add a drain and new wood around the perimeter, and most importantly we had to move 2,000 pounds of rubber mulch into the bed of the playground. It was quite a bunch of work. We had announced it in advance, but secretly I worried we might not get many folks. I was glad to be wrong about that. We had probably anywhere from a dozen to twenty people help out with the project. What seemed like a big task was completely finished in an hour and a half, and looked great when we finished. It was a great example of what happens when people come together to help each other. Large seemingly impossible tasks are made doable and even easy with the help of others.

I saw another example of this when I was participating in the Air Force Half-Marathon with my mother. I think that either one of us might not have finished, period, or at least had a much slower pace had it not been for the encouragement of each other. I saw this with many other pairs and groups of people all helping each other finish the race. Even if you were running alone, you were not truly alone, because all of the service men and women, volunteers, and other runners were there to provide help and encouragement. Helping each other is such a wonderful thing to see, such a basic part of being a human being. We are relational beings by our very nature, beings created in God’s image, who is also a relational being existing not alone but as a trinity, three in one.

Jesus also did not do things alone. Soon after his ministry started, Jesus called upon disciples to help him in spreading the Good News. It seems so basic to help others and yet there are times we are fearful of others or of receiving help ourselves. We think for some reason that we must carry our burdens alone. We are sometimes scared to get close to others, to be in relationships, even though that is who we are made to be. My hope is that this church helps those attending to see that they are not alone, that members of this church help each other and that we can and should rely on others.

This is what Jesus did in his ministry, what God created us to do, and what we are called to do as followers of Christ. Together we can accomplish so much, and that is a blessing I am grateful for every day. Sorrow and 2,000 pounds of mulch might always be around the corner, but I know here I do not face them alone.

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Brian