Abiding, in a small community.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018
There is so much richness that resonates for me in this piece, and in this field where I live.
Go read it for yourself. It's by Brad Roth.


When small-town pastors put down roots
In our society, moving on generally means moving up. We move for family or education or work or a better view. Remaining in a place—especially if it’s small and rural—looks like getting stuck. But the biblical story challenges this narrative of movement and progress. Jesus proclaims his world-vaulting message to a small area around Galilee. He never sails for Athens or Rome, and he’s only in Jerusalem just long enough to overturn a few tables and antagonize the powers that be. He connects with a specific people at a specific time.
Jesus models the art of abiding, and abiding is one of the most basic ways that pastors and congregations proclaim hope in declining rural communities. To abide is to remain—with a sense of commitment to all that God is doing in a particular place. It’s seeing ourselves as called to a place by the God who loves the whole creation. Abiding is learning to love a people and a place, and then living that love out through steadfast commitment over time.

God speaks, again and again

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
For God speaks again and again,
though people do not recognize it.
He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night,
when deep sleep falls on people
as they lie in their beds.
He whispers in their ears
and terrifies them with warnings.
He makes them turn from doing wrong;
he keeps them from pride.
He protects them from the grave,
from crossing over the river of death.

Job 33








Hey, youths...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. But remember that youth, with a whole life before you, is meaningless.
Ecclesiastes 11

Visits

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Micah was home for a few days.
We trade off old furniture, dishes, home made food, and game playing for the generosity of his willingness to climb my roof and install an antenna and build some IKEA furniture.

It was a good time these few days, and today he's off to his home in Saskatoon.

Don't know if it ever gets easier to say goodbye to the kids.









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