I Will Make Time

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” - Ecclesiastes 3:1

Dear Friends,

When the calendar turned to March on Monday, we began the 9th week of 2021. On Thursday, I’ll lead my 9th memorial service of 2021. That’s a pretty good pace for a funeral home and an astonishing pace for a pastor. Some are members of our church, all are members of our community and the ripple effects of these losses can be felt from coast-to-coast by extended family and friends.

We grieve alongside all of them. But we grieve with our hope firmly planted in the person and promises of Jesus Christ.

Each funeral and memorial service I am honored to lead, I am privileged to celebrate the life of the loved one alongside the amazing grace of the God who loves us beyond measure and the promise of the resurrection in Jesus Christ. You might think that after celebrating at these services at this pace, or the total volume over the years, would diminish the emotional impact or the opportunity for new insights, but that is not the case. In fact, I was blessed to hear some of the best messages ever, during services for our own Dick Richardson and Kelly Alderson in the past few weeks.

In particular, Kelly’s son, Kelly, shared a poignant message about the way his father told his family and his friends that he loved them, he used four words… “I will make time.” That stuck out to me. What a tribute. The act of making time for someone else, to serve them, to listen to them, to simply be with them, is a powerful message of love.

Ultimately, it’s the message that God conveyed to us - not just with the very creation of time and the allotment we’ve been given - but by the giving of Jesus, in the flesh, to walk and talk and simply be with us. What’s more, God remains with us through the person, the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit, at this very moment.

Over and over again, God said “I love you” by making time for us, and continues to do so today.

The question I’m continually asking myself is whether or not I am making the time to acknowledge and engage with God.

The story is told about a wealthy and successful corporate tycoon who was continually seeking to grow his business and increase his empire. His hectic schedule had him constantly traveling with rarely a moment of peace. At his wits end, he reached out to a local pastor, who recommended that he consider taking up regular prayer and meditating on a single bible verse each day. The businessman explained that he was much too busy for this. The pastor’s reply was kind but clear: “You remind me of a man walking blindfolded into the jungle - and being too busy to take the blindfold off.”

As I enter the jungle of today, will I take the blindfold off and engage the God who crafted this jungle and walks with me through it?

Welcoming You to Grow in Jesus, today,

Pastor Don

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