Hello St. Mark's Community and Friends,
"Come, Ye Thankful People Come" rang out during worship as we celebrated Harvest Home. Now we journey into November, and the decorations remind us that the Thanksgiving holiday is coming.
It seems diffiocult to give thanks. Our country is struggling with social, racial, and political divisions. Our press and media and social media seem to believe that the more sensational and hate-filled the content becomes, the better it is.
We crave change. I know that seems strange, as most of the time we crave stability. But, deep down, I pray that we recognize that this world can be better. As individuals, it feels overwhelming. But when we unite under the gospel of good news of our Saviour Jesus Christ, we can show our communities and the world that there is a better way. A most excellent way.
"I am the way" Jesus says to us. "I am the way, and the truth, and the life." The "truth" is not coming to you from the news, or the internet, or at the breakfast table with your friends.
Jesus challenges us to respond to hate not with hate but with love. Jesus challenges us to love our neighbor as much as ourselves. Jesus challenges us to see all of God's children as beloved and worthy of God's love and of ours.
Our country right now is feeding on anger, and violence, and misinformation that is disguised as the truth. Be awake. Be careful about what you read, and what you believe. Respond in love. Make this world kinder. And remember that "Our help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth."
I am always available by phone or text at 610-334-5130. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. My two amazing office administrators Jean Maffeo and Brenda Ellex usually know where I am before I do. If you would like a visit or would like to share some time together, just tell me and I will be there for you.