Good Folks, it is Friday, August 18, 2017. I am writing this epistle before leaving for Panama. Wish you were here. Do pray for our safety and that God’s love be manifested through our presence and efforts. We will have stories to share and lots of pictures to post upon our return.
I have this quote from John Wesley in my Bible and on a bulletin board, in my office. And when the time comes that I am remembered in a celebration of life service, I want these words read and printed. Enjoy.
“I am a creature of a day, passing through life as an arrow through the air. I am a spirit come from God and returning to God; just hovering over the great gulf, till, a few moments hence, I am no more seen; I drop into an unchangeable eternity. I want to know one thing—the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore. God has condescended to teach the way; for this very end he came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book. O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it; here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be homo unius libri.” [A man of one book.] (John Wesley, circa-unknown at this time)
John Wesley was a student of the Hebrew and Greek Bibles. He wanted to read scripture in its original language. I often would share with my study groups that “with every translation comes interpretation.” This held true for John Wesley as for us today. Wesley wanted to allow the original language to speak to his heart through the lens of faith, tradition, experience, and reason. This transformed Wesley. Scripture can be transformative when allowed.
We have an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, or in the life of the community where we live. Regardless of street address, or none, we have an opportunity. Take it. Make this effort. Minimize regrets. Love often. Pray always. I will be back.
Remember: God does what God does best. The answer lies in The Book.
See you Sunday in church.
Blessings from Panama, Pastor Frank