What Have you Learned over the Past Year?
I am taking a week off from Non-Violent Communication education to share some responses to last Sunday’s sermon time. In worship, I noted how both Julie and I continue to be so grateful for our Sabbatical that started just over one year ago. The fruits from that time continue to bless and inspire us one year later. In the sermon, I then asked, “What have you learned over the past year?” Here is a summary of some of the answers that folk spoke aloud or shared later with me.
In the past year, I have learned:
· To let go of old ways of thinking and behaviors
· To overcome change (like changes in the sanctuary set-up and music)
· To trust
· That trust is only possible in the NOW
· To be grateful for everything in my life
· Now, Change, Trust (our Lenten theme) with deep gratitude for the art project led by Matt Holm during that same Lenten time.
· To live in the Now and try to release old regrets and worries about the future.
· That love and transformation and safety are possible at church.
· That God is in my neighborhood.
Isn’t that a beautiful list? Do you have something to add? What have you learned in the past year? If you are so inspired, please e-mail or write me other things you have learned in the past year.
The definition of a disciple is a follower, or a learner. Let us learn together with as much grace and patience as we can muster.
· Prayers for Natalie Fraser’s father, who is struggling again with a heart condition.
· Prayers for Frank Alden as he has some change in medication and more intestinal tests coming up.
· We pray for all teachers, staff, parents and students who are preparing and beginning a new school year!
I am grateful for each one of you today! Pastor Phil