Pastor's Note

November, 2020

On the last night of his earthly life in the upper room, Jesus gave the disciples and us some incredible promises. Though he will be taken from them, he will never be retaken from them after he is raised from the dead. No matter where they are or what they might have to go through, notice how Jesus promises to always be with them:

“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you; If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will go to him and make our home with him.”

No matter what the world may bring, our God brings us peace. There is a Rock you can stand on that does not move. God has created a calm center in your midst that you may stop and return to any time or in any place. This place is best found in silence, but can be found in any environment, for what you seek is nothing less than Jesus Himself, and he wants to be seen by you. Listen as the profoundly spiritual Quaker, Thomas Kelly, describes this beautiful place that God put in each of us:

“Deep within us all, there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return. Eternity is at our hearts, pressing upon our time-torn lives, warming us with intimations of extraordinary destiny, calling us home unto Itself. Yielding to these persuasions, gladly committing ourselves in body and soul, utterly and completely, to the Light Within, is the beginning of true life. It is a dynamic center, a creative Life that presses to birth within us. It is a Light Within, which illuminates the face of God and casts new shadows and new glories upon the face of men. It is a seed stirring to life if we do not choke it. It is the Shekinah of the soul, the Presence in the midst. Here is the Slumbering Christ, stirring to be awakened, to become the soul we clothe in earthly form and action. And He is within us all; the basic response of the soul to the Light is internal adoration and joy, thanksgiving and worship, self-surrender, and listening. The secret places of the heart cease to be our noisy workshop. They become a holy sanctuary of adoration and of self-oblation where we are kept in perfect peace if our minds stay on Him who has found us in the inward Springs of our life.” –Thomas R. Kelley, A Testament of Devotion.

When you make yourself aware of the truth that God is in the midst of you, you shall not be moved! Make time at least twice a day to stop what you’re doing and set your timer for ten minutes. Find a comfortable chair (not TOO comfortable!) and take a few minutes and take a few deep breaths. Listen to your breathing in and out. Then relax, close your eyes, and sit with your Abba. Turn your inner eye toward your Loving Father, and be with him. Don’t tell him what to do; sit with him, and listen and bask in love. A monk once said to me about this practice: “I look at God, and God looks at me, and it’s good.” This deep communion with God helps us remember who we are. And that is more than enough for us. Take some time to be still with the One who loves you more than words can say today. May God bless you. 

I’ll see you in Church,

Pastor Mike