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June 22 - Thoughts from Rev. Katherine

Thoughts from Pastor Katherine

June 22, 2020

 

This past Friday was Josh’s (my husband) company’s volunteering day. Instead of working, they were invited to spend the day doing something for the community. Out of the designated options, he decided that we (yes, I got roped into it) spend some time at the local trails by our house picking up trash. We got ourselves some gloves, trash bag, and sunscreen and we were on our way.

I was amazed by how fast we filled up our bag, I don’t think we even walked half a mile. It was hot enough that I felt like we were walking a 5K, but that wasn’t the case. We know the parks and trails are really getting used right now, but I was still surprised. I found myself saying, “I guess that if you’re not looking for it, you don’t see it.” That set off the sermon-writing bell in my head, “What else am I not seeing because I am not looking for it?”

Of course, that seemed like the case with so many other things going on in our community. If we don’t keep our eyes open and our ears listening, we can miss something that’s right in front of our face. We weren’t on that trail for an hour and filled our trash bag full of trash that doesn’t belong in the grass on our park.

I invite to this week to take the time and to listen, see, and notice what’s going on around you. I invite you to share your time to our community, whether you take a empty bag to the park to fill, buy canned goods for the food pantry, or give in whatever capacity you find yourself noticing this week.

 

Daily Lectionary Readings, June 22, 2020

Psalm 86:11-17; Genesis 16:1-15; Revelation 2:1-7
OR Psalm 6; Micah 7:1-7; Revelation 2:1-7