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Pastor Brett's Blog

A Faith of Scars

Read:  John 20:19-28   There are scars we carry our entire lives.  I have one on my hand from hitting a tuna can while condensing garbage in the trash can.  There is one on my back from surgery ten years ago.  I even have one on my leg from where a Spanish mackerel bit me while fishing.  What are the scars that you carry on your body?  Those that perhaps don't hurt like they used to, but are a reminder of pain or injury.    It is true with our souls, too.  We carry scars.  As we go through the pains of life, they leave an imprint that stays with us: loss, rejection, oppression, broken relationships, internal and external battles. The suffering that comes into our lives will alter all of us in such a way that we will never be the same again, like a scar on the body.  While the acute pain may diminish, once we have experienced this kind of pain, we are never the same.  Those stories become part of who we are.  Scars.    As a pastor, I have had so many conversations with people experiencing the sufferings of life and wondering why the scars of that pain just never seem to go away.  For some, it feels like God is absent or has rejected them.  They wonder if only they were more faithful, the painful reminders of what came before would diminish or disappear altogether.  Perhaps you have wondered the same.   Yet, our faith is a faith of scars.  When the resurrected Jesus appears to the disciples, he still carried the marks of crucifixion on his body.  John doesn't try to hide the evidence of the brokenness Jesus experienced.  Neither did the scars mean that God was absent.  To the contrary the scars became the way of identifying the healing work of God in the disciples' presence.  The scars were a reminder of the painful and beautiful road that led to new life.  They would point to the love that brought life out of death.     Our faith is a faith of scars!  What does that mean for your story?   Together we are the hands and feet of Christ, Brett more...

The Threat of Blackness

For my blog this week, I want to share with you the voices/stories of black friends and colleagues in the United Methodist Church.  This is an important article and I invite, urge...plead with you to read it.  I believe in these days after Pentecost, the Holy Spirit is moving.  May we sense it in their words:more...

Be the Sunshine!

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Wearing a Mask...In the Name of Jesus

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"Listen to Our Stories!"

Isaiah 59:14-15 Common English Bible more...

A Bird Feeder, Life, and God

Read: Psalm 46 more...

Service - The Covenant of Membership

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What's So "Good" about Good Friday?

Read: Matthew 27:1-21 more...

Gifts - The Covenant of Membership

Read: Acts 4:32-35 more...

Presence - The Covenant of Membership

Read: Ruth 1:1-22 more...

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