Pastor Brett's Blog
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks tells a story/parable of three men who spent their lives quarrying rocks, a seemingly routine and tedious job. When asked one day what they were doing with their lives, the first man said, "breaking rocks", the second replied, "earning a living", and the third exclaimed, "building a cathedral". The parable ends with Rabbi Sacks asking, which of these three do you think was truly happy?
Loving God, before time and space your living Word was with you, creating all things. In the fullness of time, he came to bring peace and to show us how to love. By the anointing of your Holy Spirit, inspire us to share his light wherever we go as we carry your good news of salvation to the ends of the earth. Amen. (from Feasting on the Word: Liturgies for Year B, Vol. 1)
Today my oldest daughter, Anna Brook, comes home from college for the Christmas holidays. It is one of the things that excites me most about the season, our family being all together. One of the blessings of Christmas is that it can be a sort of homecoming as students come home from college, as we travel to distant places to visit family and friends, or we welcome others to our homes. Even when we gather with friends for parties or worship together in church, it is a reminder of the beauty of community this time of year.
After the 11:00 worship service this past Sunday, a man came and introduced himself to me. He said it was his first time at Christ Church. When I asked what brought him, he said it was an invitation given many months before. Jeff McNeil, our Director of Staff here at Christ Church, met him somewhere, invited him to come to church, but the man didn't...at least not at first. That was not the end of the story, though. Lo and behold, months later, he did show up...at God's nudging. You never know how or when God will help the seeds you plant grow.
A voice is crying out: "Clear the Lord's way in the desert!
Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God!
Every valley will be raised up,
and every mountain and hill will be flattened.
Uneven ground will become level,
and rough terrain a valley plain.
The Lord's glory will appear,
and all humanity will see it together;
the Lord's mouth has commanded it."
I had a beautiful conversation this past weekend. It happened at a race on Sunday morning, with someone who had been at Christ Church for the Ryan Hall event the previous night. He said to me, "I have never heard God speak to me, like Ryan shared God spoke with him...I wonder what that is like."
Christ Church family and friends. This is a letter from a Christ Church member who wishes to remain anonymous, but I was so moved by it. I share it in the hopes that it will inspire and bless you. Further, I don't think I could say it any better...Good reading!