A Word from Pastor Clay

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Faith, Hope, Love

I’ve spoken to a lot of people recently who feel uneasy. There’s a lot to feel uneasy about and I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t felt uneasy recently as well. On our worst days, this uneasiness can overwhelm us. A feeling of being unsettled can keep us up at night and follow us throughout the day. Due to a 24/7 news cycle and social media, we can live in a constant state of feeling like junk and feeling like the world is about to implode. It doesn’t help that our normal self-care rhythms have likely shifted recently as well.

On our best days though, while we certainly don’t avoid the problems of this world, we somehow cling to faith, hope, and love rather than clinging to despair. As we read through the scriptures, we are reminded that the faith community has persevered throughout time and somehow chosen faith, hope, and love. Paul, when writing to the church at Corinth, elevated these three things. The early church had plenty of its own issues to deal with and the world around them seemed morally bankrupt and hostile. Despite their circumstances, Paul urges Christians to hang onto faith, hope, and love.

Hanging onto these, or maybe just one if that is all you can muster, allows the faith community to continue forward. It allows us to inspire one another and see a greater vision of what God might be doing in this world.

Our nation right now desperately needs faith, hope, and love. It needs these to get through an election year. It needs these to make progress against racism. It needs these to heal and find a way forward when it seems as though we are hitting roadblock after roadblock in 2020.

The church is a conduit of faith, hope, and love. It’s our role to foster and then spread these values. And while I’ve spoken with a lot of people recently who feel uneasy, I’ve spoken to even more that despite the chaos of this world, are finding ways to take steps of faith, offer hope, and share love. These church members are doing this by volunteering with Christian Community Action or The Salvation Army as they ensure those less fortunate in our community have the food and supplies they need to survive. These church members are encouraging the teachers at Rockbrook Elementary and letting them know that they are not alone. I see faith, hope, and love as our members provide care and support for one another after surgeries or difficult life moments.

Faith, hope, and love don’t happen by accident though. They have been fostered by each faith community that has come before us. The faith community for generations has chosen faith, hope, and love over fear, despair, and hate. At this time, we have the responsibility and opportunity to invest in the life of the church so that faith, hope, and love continue to spread. If those values are going to well up anywhere in our society, I believe they will come from Christ’s church.

Pledging to support Vista Ridge UMC financially in 2021 is an act of faith as we trust that God will do something far greater with our money than we could ever do on our own. It’s putting our hope in something much bigger than ourselves, and it’s a sign of love toward God and neighbor.

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