We’ve started to see a few of our migrating friends return to the bird feeder and yard. I’ve observed a few fluffy Robins, and have heard a few low flying Canadian Geese. While I might try to delay a migration a few more weeks if I were a bird, these animals seem to know what they are doing. Isn’t it remarkable that we live in a part of the world where the temperature can change by 100 degrees? And to think, we live here by choice! At the extremes of winter and summer, we’d usually be happy to exchange one day for relief. I think the Canadian Geese get it right, just following their ideal temperature as it moves north and south every year! If only I could fly…
From Peterson’s Message translation, we find this in James 3:
Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor. (James 3:17-18 MSG)
Image the confusion it would place on our bodies to live at 100 degrees on a Tuesday, then at 0 degrees on Wednesday, only to return to 100 degrees on Thursday. What body could withstand the rapid swings?
Instead of our bodies, this passage from James is a stern warning for our souls. The call to be holy, as God is holy, includes consistency in our faith. “Gentle and reasonable.” “Hard work of getting along with each other.”
I find great joy when I witness our church body, you all, working shoulder to shoulder for the sake of the Gospel. We’ve endeavored into a few challenging areas of need and service. Your response and care for our new friends struggling with addiction is like the James passage, “treating each other with dignity and honor.”
Being together in worship, enjoying each other’s company in friendship, working alongside one another in service to a population in great need, that’s what our church is about, and I love it!
I love you all,