From what I understood, Reverend June’s reflection on September 4th talked about trying to forgive and deal with people who you feel have wronged you. I have to admit that I follow the Biblically prescribed pattern far less often than I could or should. Often it just seems easier to stay mad at the other person and suddenly their behavior starts to justify my feelings, or at least it does in my perception. I wonder how many times somebody says something in total innocence but in my mind I blow it out of proportion and take it personally, as if the person said it with the sole purpose of hurting my feelings. But sometimes, the pure arrogance of that opinion breaks through my cloudy thinking and I realize that I just may not be the center of everyone else’s universe. Usually that enlightened turn of thought comes after I’ve prayed for help. The Bible says that with God all things are possible, but I don’t remember it saying anything about those things necessarily being easy, and even with help it isn’t easy. But most things worth doing never are easy. But it seems to get a bit easier each time, so we have to keep trying, over and over again. After all, I’ve heard that Saints are just sinners who fall down…but get back up. So get back up and go talk to that person who you feel wronged you. It just might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
Identity Statement –
Who We Are
Church of the Ascension is
an energetic community,
beloved by God, embracing one another in Christ,
and open to being church
in new ways
Vision Statement –
Where We Intend To Be
We are becoming life-giving, Spirit-empowered disciples
living out God’s love
Prayer for Our Parish
Creator God, inspire us to lead with love and courage
in the year ahead.
May we share our God-given gifts with abandon as we nurture and strengthen
one another for Christ’s mission in the world.
God be in our joy, our songs, our laughter, and our tears,
filling us with hope and passion. Amen.