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Monday Devotional

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April 8, 2024

Dear Friends,

 

Sometimes a good author points out the most obvious thing in a way that one has never really considered. Annie Dillard wrote in an essay that one of the things we learn as children is how to wake up. That seems so obvious, but she means more than just awakening in the morning.

 

Dillard writes, “As adults we are almost all adept at waking up. We have so mastered the transition we have forgotten we ever learned it. Yet it is a transition we make a hundred times a day....” What she means by this is that we spend a lot of time every day just going through the motions without really thinking about what we are doing. We make breakfast without really having to think about the coffee as it brews or the bread we place into the toaster. We sit and enjoy the breakfast without being aware of how that food got onto our plates.  

 

But then there comes that jolting moment that awakens us. We become aware of things we hadn’t noticed before. Maybe it's the surprising taste of the butter on a slice of toast or the aroma of the coffee that captures our attention and fills us with pleasant remembrances. We are awakened to our surroundings. 

 

Annie Dillard proposes that an eclipse can that same gift to us. It awakens us to something that has always been there, but was previously unnoticed. We look up at the sun, something we may rarely do. We become aware of the trajectory of the moon as it crosses in front of the sun. We notice what we have normally taken for granted. 

 

I know there are people who are tired of the hype and conversation surrounding the eclipse. They are looking forward to going back to our usual routines. But I hope before that happens, we experience the awakening that such an event offers to us. I hope this day awakens us to an appreciation for the mystery, beauty and intricacy of the universe.   

 

 

Peace, 

 

Howard

Upcoming Activities

Human Sexuality Study

How do you respond to the "clobber verses," those few verses in the Bible which are often cited against LGBTQ members? Quite often these verses are misquoted or taken out of context. Join Rev. Boles on Tuesday April 9th at 6:30 p.m. for a study of these verses and a positive response to human sexuality.

 

Gardening Group

Thursday April 11 will mark the return of our Gardening Group. All are welcome to participate in this important ministry! Join us at 9:30 a.m. in the church library as we share in this beautiful ministry.

 

Youth Fundraiser

As a fundraiser for their upcoming summer mission trip, the youth will host a brunch after worship this Sunday, April 14th. Join us in the Fellowship Hall for waffles, biscuits and gravy to help with the expenses of their work trip.

 

Upcoming Activities

April 17 Brown Bag Luncheon noon

April 21 Conversation about General Conference after church

April 21 Book club 6:00 p.m.

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