Is it really the last day of June? This month has flown by, but, then, don't they all? It's because of the relentless pace of life that we need people around us reminding us to "slow down and smell the roses."
Whether you have roses nearby to smell or not, allow yourself to take time to see the many shades of green in a single bush and the flight pattern of a bird. Pause this weekend and on July 4th and think about what it means to be part of a country that professes, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Give thanks for that lofty aspiration, repent where we have failed to live into it, and seek to live into it more fully. Pray for those who serve us by trying to lead and protect us into living that out more fully.
If we don't slow down and notice and reflect we will find ourselves wondering not only where the month went, but where our life went, as well as why our blood pressure is so high and why we aren't feeling grateful.
We have many reasons to give thanks, including for those who have generously given us national freedoms and to God who in Christ has freed us from sin and into eternal life (Romans 6).
One of our greatest gifts is our interdependence. God has created us to help each other through life. It is faithful to receive support of others, as well as to give it. Jesus speaks to this in Matthew 10:40-42 and we'll speak of it this Sunday in our worship services.
Join us as celebrate God's generosity and the freedom we enjoy as followers of Jesus, as well as the freedoms we enjoy in our country.