On this last day of February I am enjoying my first cup of coffee, sorting out what to send forth in our end of week communication. Several items are on my mind this morning, weather, worship, gratitude for a special anniversary, and political nuttiness done in the name of the Christian faith.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for almost the entire state of Missouri as of early this morning. They are not sure which part of the state will be impacted by a potential significant storm. Unfortunately, the predicted timing is lousy for people who worship on Sunday if it really does start on Saturday night and continue through Sunday.
If we have an active weather event occurring Sunday morning it may be necessary to cancel worship. If the weather is in process it will delay road treatment and be unwise for people to travel. If that occurs, our worship services will be canceled and we will notify the media of our cancelation and post it on our Facebook page. If roads are travelable and our parking lot is in decent shape we will have worship. A messy event will be annoying but not cause to cancel. The four sentences in this paragraph starting with “if” are testament to this issue being very unpredictable.
We have designated this Sunday as Scout Sunday, a day to acknowledge and celebrate Boy, Cub, and Girl Scouts. Ewell Lawson invited us last Sunday to bring any Scouting related items that adults have from our past involvement. Personally, I still have my Brownie pin. Several of our current Scouts will participate in the worship service on Sunday morning.
It is also the final Sunday before we enter the season of Lent, Transfiguration Sunday. The title of the day comes from the biblical story of Jesus going up a mountain with a few disciples where he is transformed before them in a dazzling display. They get an awesome glimpse of his future glory. Even Moses and Elijah make an appearance, a final nod to Jesus’ rootedness in the Hebrew tradition. This year, my interest in the episode has been captivated by the voice of God who announces that we are to “listen to him.” Ah, the listening word.
Finally, today I am grateful to be celebrating an anniversary. One of the most beloved people in my life, Dan, is celebrating his first wedding anniversary today. He married his partner of twenty eight years a year ago in New York where he lives. It was a love fest of great joy. Happy Anniversary Dan and Miguel! Your relationship is a witness to the strength of love lived on daily basis.
Finally, finally, the political nuttiness, I am appalled that any government entity, person or legislative body, uses the title Christian to put forth a concept that our religious liberty, even sensibility, is threatened by people who are labeled “homosexual.” This ridiculous behavior is causing great harm to the relevancy of the Christian Church. I am convicted that Jesus did not die on a cross so that his name could be used to push small minded, personal beliefs that make mockery of the command to “love God and others.” People are free to believe and have opinions about societal issues but they should express them in their own name and leave Jesus out of it.