Refocus and Rebuild

July 12, 2024

Dear Church Family,

We have been checking on friends and family in Texas after hurricane Beryl ripped through.
There are trees on houses, cars washed away, power lines down and millions without electricity
at a time of year when temperatures regularly exceed 100 degrees. The damage done; the lives
lost is tragic. As with many hurricanes, it will take years to rebuild for some and for others
rebuilding will not happen.

When tragedy strikes, when the world around us is demolished, we are reminded of the absolute
fragility of life. Life changes in an instant. A single storm, an accident or a mistake can leave you
standing in a land that you don’t even recognize.

When that happens, we reassess and reevaluate our situation. We are reminded of the value of
life. During these times we are reminded that each and every one is created in the image of our
God who is love. We are reminded that we are called to love our neighbor, love our enemy, love
our God.

As we reflect, we are reminded of the temporality of material possessions, considering what is
most important. The value of relationships becomes apparent. How we spend our time is altered.
When the hurricane rips through and changes our landscape, we too make changes.

But don’t wait for the hurricane to strike; don’t wait for the world around you to change.
Remember that life is fragile. You cannot go back. Once a moment, a day, a week pass, they are
gone forever. Remember that how you spend your time and energy matters. And keep in
perspective what has value.

The things of this world pass away but our relationship with the Creator is eternal. Through Jesus
the Christ we have the example and freedom of love. We see the importance of putting our time
and energies into the things that last. We look to Christ and offer gratitude for the life that we
have in him.

As you consider all that you take for granted, you might experience shame or guilt. Don’t waste
your time on those. Instead, use that time to refocus and rebuild. God has such great grace with
us. Embrace the grace!

May you know the absolute value of life and that which holds value.

You are loved, you are cherished, you are a child of God.

See you Sunday,
Pastor Caroline

 

“Come now, you who say,

“Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there,

doing business and making money.” 

Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring.

What is your life?

For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

~James 4:13-14