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“Let’s Talk About the ‘Weather’”

“Let’s Talk About the ‘Weather’”

It’s January, it’s winter, it’s supposed to be cold and snowy and icy here in South Central Pennsylvania and yet how we all seem to be talking about the weather!  Yes, it’s been bitterly and dangerously cold in recent days.  Yes, we’ve have several snow falls already and some ice and some freezing rain, much of which has occurred on weekends adversely affecting Sunday attendance. But’s it winter time; shouldn’t we expect some of this weather?  We certainly seem eager to talk about the weather.

Suppose we began talking about another kind of “weather.”  Whether we are close to God; whether we are reconciled to others.  Now that’s some important kind of “whether”worth talking about; worth our time, energy, efforts!  Do you feel connected to God?   God has looked at us in Baptism and said, as God said at Jesus’ baptism, “with you I am well pleased.”  (Matthew 3:17)  Do we believe that God wants and expects to do great and wondrous and loving and faithful stuff through and with us?

Do you feel connected to others?  Are there places where forgiveness needs to be spoken or received?  Now is always the best time to come together with others in the name of Jesus, recognize and celebrate differences and diversity, and see in one another the face of Jesus, a child of God, an act of creation!

In the letter of Romans, we read these words:  We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves.  If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or we die, we are the Lord’s.”  (Romans14:7-8)

That’s some whether to talk about and live into!



Pastor Shively - 1.8.2014 04:34 PM



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“Let’s Talk About the ‘Weather’” - Pastor Shively - 1.8.2014 04:34 PM


     



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