2015 Meditation #1

 

 

A series of meditations in 2015, by the Rector, Staff, Parishioners, and Friends of the Parish. 

Thank God. 

Have you ever said this in the course of a day? I’m guessing you have. Often it shows up in moments like, “Thank God the lawnmower started,” or “Thank God I caught the last train.”

 

The phrase, of course, means a great deal more. As we come to God in faith, we understand that all we are and all we have comes from God. God is the beginning and end. Of everything.

 

This year, the Annual Campaign committee at Christ Church has chosen the phrase THANK GOD as our theme for the fall. There were hours of discussion through the summer about how we might approach our efforts. What emerged is this phrase, which underlies all that we believe, all that we hope for. When we are at our best, we remember to thank God for our blessings. When we are at our best, we remember to thank God for being with us in the midst of life’s trials. Rather than something we say when a mistake or a disaster is avoided, the phrase is a kind of spiritual bedrock, a reminder in joy or in the shadow of the valley of death that we are not alone.

 

Throughout the Fall, I will be joined by others in the parish as I offer a weekly meditation using this theme. Our parish survey was clear about what our current priorities should be: fully incorporating new members, advancing our pastoral care in and out of the parish, and reaching out further to serve others in the name of Our Lord.

 

And…as does every Christian, we need to grow our faith. When the followers of Jesus asked him to “increase our faith”, His reply was that even a very small increase could make a huge difference. These meditations will focus on how we might begin to do just that: grow our faith to the size of a mustard seed. Jesus said that’s all we need…and that He would help.

 

This week’s questions: Where in my life do I need more faith? What occurred in the past that has made my faith grow?  

                                                                   Christopher Powell