Pastor’s Ponderings March 2016

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If you have been wondering where on earth is the March Grapevine  then you are one I need to apologize to! I am so sorry this issue is late. It is entirely my fault! I am just back from a lovely week’s vacation, and I had forgotten to write my “Ponderings” before then. It has taken me quite a bit of time to catch up from other things I had forgotten as well.
As I approach my 65th birthday in September, I find myself worrying more about forgetfulness. It has always been a problem of mine. I can still hear my mother’s exasperated voice in my head as she says “Lynn, you would forget your head if it were not attached!” I have a feeling, though, that I am not the only one who can be chronically forgetful. I’m willing to bet you are more forgetful than you’d like to be too! If so, do you ever feel bad, as I do, about the forgetfulness in our everyday lives, whether it’s been your forgetfulness or someone else’s? If that is true, then this season of Lent is the perfect time to bring our forgetfulness and those who seem to have forgotten us to the Lord in prayer.

Lent is a time when we particularly look for those things in us that we struggle with, when we remember how inadequate we really are. Forgetfulness is actually a human condition – how easy it is to forget things we are supposed to do or others’ feelings when our acting or not acting affects them too.

As I think about my own forgetfulness and offer it up to the Lord, I am reminded of the thing that we are never to forget. And that is to love the Lord with all our heart, all our mind, all our soul, and all our strength and to love others as we love ourselves. We have a hard time remembering that from time to time too!

So here is the good news: God promises us in Isaiah 49:15 that even if a mother could forget her baby, God will never forget us, his children! In fact, God has proved that he will not forget us through his Son’s death and resurrection. God will, however, forget all our sin as we trust him to save us through Jesus Christ our Lord. May you never forget how much God loves you!

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Lynn

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