The Pastor's Peace - October, 2018
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We recently had a surprise birthday party for one of our church members who was hitting a large milestone. I won’t say how large: you never tell a lady’s age after all. We had all gathered at a local pizza place, and her nephew had brought her there saying he just wanted to buy her dinner, or something like that. When she walked through the door, everyone yelled happy birthday, and she jumped about 3 inches off the ground. We had around 30 people show up to celebrate with her, and we had a great time doing it. It was one of the many wonderful events that I love so much at this church.

As I looked around at the crowd that showed up for this party, I took note of all of the different ways that it was a diverse group. We had people there aged from 9 to 91, and everything in-between. We had people who were born right down the street and people who were born half a world away. We had veterans, retired people, and those still working. We had people who dealt with disabilities such as the need for a cane or a wheel chair. We had people related to the birthday girl, although most there were not. We had Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and probably even a few Libertarians peppered in for good measure. I’m sure we had people who voted for Trump, and people who voted for Clinton, and folks who voted for some other candidate. We had people who were in a higher income bracket, and those who didn’t take home much at all. I could keep going, but the point is, in those 30 people there were many ways in which we were different, and yet we had all come together to celebrate an event for someone we loved and cared for. We were a family that evening, as we are every Sunday, a family in Christ.

If we look at the ministry of Jesus, one thing we see again and again is that he reaches out to so many types of people. Jesus does not stick to people just like him. He interacts with and helps the rich and the poor, and those who are Jewish and those who are not. He doesn’t even let such standards as purity laws keep him from sharing God’s blessings with a people in deep need of such grace. Jesus breaks all of these boundaries, because he knows that he is called not just to some of humanity, but to all of humanity, as all of us are children of God.

There are so many ways, especially now, that the world tries to tell us that we are different, and therefore cannot come together or get along; however, that is just not the truth. We are all connected, and we are all much more similar to each other than we can possibly imagine. If Jesus was willing to cross boundaries in the name of God’s love, then perhaps we can as well.

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Brian