First Presbyterian Church

God shows up!

God’s grace and peace to you this day!

This has been a challenging week for me.  Some things I thought were settled have become unsettled. Some relationships I thought were progressing are showing signs of unrest.  I have been a bit anxious about these situations.

And then God showed up.

God showed up as I watched the people gather around Nancy Harrell’s daughters, Laura and Megan to support them and to gain support from them.  There seemed to be a big sigh of relief as the community that gathered around them sensed that even in their grief Megan and Laura would be OK and so would we.  There was a huge outpouring of love as many people spent hours to prepare a lovely reception for them, tied the knots in blankets, or just offered them a place to be loved.  There was a genuine sense of family and gratitude as people shared wonderful memories.  We were reminded about resurrection, about rest and God’s “unforced rhythms of grace.”

It was a time of healing in a myriad of ways

And.  

God showed up as Session received Marilyn Maxwell as a new member to our congregation.  Today we will celebrate by welcoming that new member into our congregation and baptizing her into the faith of Jesus Christ and the nurture of this community.  

Both of these special occasions were founded in kindness and love; small acts of genuine love and concern for people around us.  These everyday small acts lead to big decisions — decisions that will matter for a lifetime and beyond.  

In the midst of our every day lives, God shows up and reminds us that it is the small acts of kindness that count. How do we reduce the bigger problems of relationships and unrest to simple acts of kindness and love?  Maybe not all concerns can be completely simplified but it never hurts to start, to take that first step, in an act of kindness and love.  

These two occasions have helped me to reframe my anxiety around my situations and they have helped to remind me that God really does show up when we have eyes to see.  If you take the time to reflect, can you see places where God has shown up in your life lately?  How will that encourage you to move forward in your faith and in your relationship with God and with others?

In God’s great grace,

Pastor Judy