A Word from the Pastor
Yes, I am fully aware this writing is full of scripture.
Why, because I believe these verses speak to the
“elephant in the room.” God is very clear in His Word
about us moving from the past to take hold of the
future. May we oblige Him through obedience.
Perhaps the best illustration for this is Moses. His
first forty years in Egypt came to a very difficult close
when he murdered a man. After forty more years of
Moses tending to the sheep of his father-in-law, God
spoke to him from the burning bush about the future.
God asked him to go back to Egypt and free the
Israelites from their bondage. Talk about a struggle
between the rear-view mirror and the windshield...
WOW. Moses was able to learn from the past and let
the past go to lead Israel into the future.
Glance into the rear-view mirror for past reflections...
gaze into the windshield for things to come.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in Aurora Leigh, wrote:
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries.
In his book Windows of the Soul, Ken Gire responds
to this poem with a prayer: Thank You, God, For Your
hand that reaches to me, touching my arm, tapping my
shoulder, telling me to pause and to look and to listen
at all the windows of the soul. Help me to see something
in those windows, something of heaven in every earthly
event, something of the divine spark in every human
soul. Please, dear God, give me grace to stand shoes in
hand, before all that in some way bears Your glory, for I
don’t want to spend my days just sitting around plucking
My desire is that you would know of my prayers for
you now and into the next season of ministry here
at First. My request is that you pray the same for
Connie and me as we seek to take hold of the future
for our lives, holding our shoes, gazing into the glory
of God, not plucking blackberries. (I don’t want to
pluck the blackberries; I want to eat them.)
Bill Gaither wrote this affirmation for our faith in the
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the
Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.'"
— Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Expectantly for your future and ours,