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July 2, 2020

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Good afternoon and happy first Thursday of July. I hope your upcoming Independence Day celebrations are blessed.

This is Pastor Doug, back from the luxuries of a week of vacation. I thank my friends and colleagues on the staff and consistory for covering for me this past week and making sure all the stuff I normally take care of was done. And done superbly.

Reflection
Earlier this week Pastor Kurt blessed me by reminding me of a song from my childhood Sunday school days. Let me share a few verses:

O be careful little eyes what you see
O be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above
Is looking down in love
So, be careful little eyes what you see

O be careful little hands what you do
O be careful little hands what you do
For the Father up above
Is looking down in love
So, be careful little hands what you do

O be careful little mouth what you say
O be careful little mouth what you say
For the Father up above
Is looking down in love
So, be careful little mouth what you say

I had long ago forgotten that song but as soon as he mentioned it in the slightest, it was suddenly back. And I’ve been reflecting on its message since Monday morning. I’ve been finding it challenging to me as much now as it may have ever challenged me 40 years ago. That God’s attention to us is founded in love. That our response to His attention should be founded in His love and revealed in our actions. What we put into our eyes and ears, what we do with our hands and feet, what we say when we have something to say…all this is supposed to begin and end with the love of God.

I haven't always taken this advice. I haven’t always guarded my eyes, held my hands in check, limited where my feet have gone, or tamed my tongue. Sometimes it’s because I’ve forgotten how important it is. Sometimes it’s because I just don’t want to. But this is the beauty found in this little tune, God’s love isn’t dependent on my actions. His love is consistent, persistent, unwavering. And I will get another chance today to seek His face (resisting the temptations to seek validation from anyone else), be molded by His love (which means shutting off anything else that is trying to mold me), and choose what aligns with His will for me. His good and perfect will.

Important Info You Need to Know
As you know, our church is in Phase 2 of our COVID Reopening Plan. This means mask usage, limiting access to spaces, utilizing specific doorways for entrance/exit, and social distancing onsite. I simply want to acknowledge your helpful participation in these guidelines and how encouraging it is for the leaders of your church to have a congregation that is so supportive and understanding. Even in circumstances that are less than ideal or that may poke at our sensibilities, your assistance in living out our guidelines remind us that we are all in this together…and together the Church is insurmountable against the schemes of the devil. Thank you. Blessings to you all.

Scripture
From 1 Corinthians: But God has put the body together...so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 

We are currently in Phase 2.

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