“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. “
Proverbs 11:25 (MSG)
This week I found myself standing on a beach, my youngest daughter strapped to my chest, blissfully asleep, while I watched my two younger daughters and wife dip their toes into the still slightly chilly waters of Lake Erie. As I watched the scene play out, the warm sun shining down, the sound of the waves crashing in on the shore, the squeals of delight as the water reached their little feet, I realized just how blessed I am. I am blessed to live my life with my people, Team Pteranodon as we like to call ourselves.
I am also blessed to serve with and alongside such wonderful people here at Emmanuel. As this newsletter goes to print in July it will have officially been 4 years that I have been here. In some ways it still seems like it was just yesterday that I took to that pulpit for the first time, in other ways that pulpit feels so familiar and comfortable, it’s almost like home to me now. I hope you have similar feelings about the past 4 years of ministry that has taken place. I truly believe we have done much good in our community and throughout the world as a part of Christ’s church.
While I may be feeling a bit nostalgic I am not looking to the future with rose colored glasses on. I fully recognize the difficulties that lie before us. As a denomination and as a church here in Blissfield. We have done great things together, but we must continue to look to the future and how best to be that beacon of light that Christ called us to be. Yes there are challenges to face: financial, our building, people to fill volunteer positions, and of course the ongoing denominational struggles.
But, even with those unknowns in our future I still find myself full of hope for the people we call Methodists here in Blissfield, MI. I find hope because this is a church that strives to bless others, a church that strives to help those in need. We do not have endless resources, but I truly believe we have made great use of what we have in the past, and we will continue to do so into the future.
Thank you for walking this path with me. Thank you for your continued commitment to Christ’s church. Thank you for being a blessing to this world.
May God’s abundant blessings be with you now and always,
To read the rest of this month’s newsletter, please click here: July 2019