As I was reaching to grab an item from a high shelf the other day, I felt a slight pull or pressure from one of the muscles in my leg. I didn’t think much about it at the time, I just wanted to accomplish my task with the item that I was reaching for. The next morning however, I was experiencing an annoying pain from that muscle. It took me a little while to recall what I had done to cause this muscle to ache.

Aching, of course, is our body’s way of reminding us that we have exerted or injured ourselves in a way that needs our attention, caution, repair or strengthening. While not always comfortable, it’s a positive feedback system that allows the rest of the body to compensate for a temporary limitation. (I found myself resting with more of my weight on the other leg for the next few days.)
Sometimes we ache because we have exerted in exercise, and the ache reports that our mus-cles are recovering and getting stronger. We ache after a fall, occasionally including bruises that indicate where our aches are originating. We might experience “heartache” when we are away from loved ones. Some of us can even anticipate a pressure change or a storm coming when we experience an aching in our bones from a past injury.

In the coming weeks, the Deacons and I will be asking for your input. We want to know about your ACH’s. You’ll have the opportunity to share what you think about our church in the form of Appreciations, Concerns and Hopes. These ACH gatherings will last about an hour, during which we’ll write a few thoughts down and share the with the group. There are no wrong answers, everyone’s input is needed!

You have had unique experiences in your time at FBC Plaistow, in the pews, at committee meetings, serving in the kitchen, or where ever else you’ve fit in as a part of the church body. I trust you’ll share your perspective with us all at one of our upcoming meetings. Be sure to check the bulletins in coming weeks to select an ACH gathering time that works for your schedule. You are an important part of our church body! In 1 Corinthians, we know this:
“The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. You are Christ’s body – that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything.” (1 Cor. 12:25-27 MSG)

I love you all!
Pastor Aaron

PS: Click on September SPIRE 2013 to read about what is happening at the church this month!