Friends, it is Friday, August 5, 2016. There are 141 shopping days until Christmas.
My daughter texted me last Friday and inquired about the missing Frankly Speaking issue. I replied, “I just ran out of time.” What that told me was, I did not manage the time I have and the responsibilities of the week well. So, this epistle is being done on Monday. For this will be another hectic and harried week. I read this commentary in preparation for a recent sermon from Luke 15:
“We were made by God to be in loving relationship, harmony, and communion with God, each other, and all creation. Whatever else the story of Adam and Eve is about, this is a bottom-line message. As long as Adam and Eve are in loving relationship with God, each other, and creation, they are in paradise; however, when the primal relationship with God is broken, fragmented, and distorted, their relationship with each other and the rest of the creation is likewise broken, fragmented, and distorted. When all of that happens, they find themselves cast out of paradise. It is God’s dream to renew, reconcile, repair, and restore the creation; that is the magnetic power in the parable of the Prodigal Son pulling the prodigal back home. You know the story.” Michael B. Curry, Feasting on the Word, Year C, Vol. 2.
For the folks that attended the 11:00A.M. service last Sunday, you heard from my soul the “lostness” I have had when my father and I were estranged for one year; where we did not talk to each other because of actions made and prideful decisions on both our parts. We reconciled. We forgave each other. My father was the best man at my wedding; however, I grieved the year lost. I learned a hard lesson, an expensive one.
God seeks relationship with each of us. God seeks each of us to have a relationship with one another. The very scripture text calls us to love the Lord our God with heart, mind, soul, strength and anything we are given and endowed with, plus to love neighbor as we love ourselves. (Matthew 22:37-39) This yearning from God calls us to a relationship in intentional and creative ways.
When God’s dream is to renew, reconcile and repair and restore, it is because something happened that caused brokenness and heartbreak and hurt.
Have hope in the giver of hope. Trust in the One where failure is not an option. Experience love beyond your humanly senses. God has a place and purpose for each of us. There are so many folks yearning to experience what you have. There is plenty of God to go around. Invite others to be connected to God through worship and small group study. Sunday morning is a great place to start.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank
PS: Alex Williams began the first class this last Monday, in a new series of 12 stand-alone classes which will continue through June 2017. My Wednesday studies will begin in September. Register with Melissa@fumcd.com.