Pastor's Corner

"...Joy comes in the morning. I praise you to the heights, Yahweh, for you raise me up... You have turned my mourning into dancing... so my heart will sing to you unceasingly, Yahweh, my God, I shall praise you forever. "(Psalm 30:5b, 11)

Dear Friends:

June will soon be upon us bringing the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. June brings hope of sunny days, green trees, bright flowers, warm breezes, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, children laughing, swimming, graduations, weddings, the church picnic, the church baseball outing, rest and relaxation.

We slow down our busy pace and notice the beauty around us. We soak in the warm rays of the sun, breathe in the smell of the grass after it rains, and close our eyes as the gentle breeze kisses our cheeks. It is at these times we feel joy in our hearts and minds and souls.

Our very bodies feel lighter and exuberant. It is as if our bodies want to take off and run and dance and play. Sadness and worries for a moment are forgotten replaced by joy. It is at times like these that we praise God for all of the many blessings God has given us. As the psalmist states, God raises us up; God turns our mourning into dancing. Joy comes in the morning.

Taking time to play is important. Summer provides us that opportunity especially for those of us who need reasons to justify taking time to just enjoy the simple pleasures of life. But most importantly, take time to dance and sing praise to God. Like the psalmist, we shall praise God forever.

Have a restful, fun filled and safe summer.

In Christ,
Rev. Bobbie