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“The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot, The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.” (Psalm 16:5-6)

I want to be the one to send up the flare and proclaim victory, but not yet. The in between seasons are hard. We can’t sleep, we fret. We fuss over ball games and the remains of the garden. We worry over aging parents and wayward children. If ever there were a time when we wish to be god, this is it. That is, we’d like to be able to control the outcome of circumstances that truly are beyond our control, as if God uses power that way.

At the heart of our Christian faith is the belief that there is a God who is able and in fact does engage humankind, both within creation and across history in remarkable ways. This God not only flung the worlds into being, like a Divine Bowler slinging us down the long, linear alley of history to the end of time alone. But we also affirm that God is personally engaged in all that God has made, accompanying us and all creatures through time. God not only pushes us forward from behind and remains engaged with us every step of the journey, but God is also before us, calling us in to a future we cannot yet see or imagine.

This God rejoices and weeps with us, if one can think of such unimaginable power as empathetic and present to human suffering and joy.

We share a good bit of both, sitting with one another through our unspeakable losses, sending up fireworks when we experience surprising joy.

Whatever the outcome of ball game or family squabble, the consequences of our private sorrows or tender celebrations, God loves you and is with you always, even to the end of time.

Speaking of God’s Providence in this way, pastor and theologian Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote this: “When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a great benign Power in the universe whose name is God, and he is able to make a way out of now way, and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.”

Prayer: God of unfailing light, in your realm of glory the poor are blessed, the hungry filled, and every tear is wiped away. Strengthened by this vision, may we follow in the way of Christ. Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace,
Pastor Verlee

Next Sunday at First Parish Church

Following worship on Sunday, November 10, there will be a congregational meeting for the purpose of considering the candidacy of Rachel Bahr as our new Associate Pastor. The Search Committee, chaired by Ed Forbush, will move that we elect her as our pastor. Discussion will follow prior to a vote. In the United Church of Christ, ordained ministers are called by the local congregation and confirmed by vote of the congregation following what is known as the candidating sermon. You will have the opportunity to hear her preach and lead worship with Pastor Verlee prior to the meeting. Please join us for this exciting new chapter in our faith life together.