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Community in Action July 21, 2020

I am always learning something new. One thing we have done this last year is to support the local farmers by getting a fruit and vegetable box about every other week delivered to our house. This company delivers these boxes between 8 pm and 8 am, in order for the fruits and vegetables to be received fresh.

    In every delivery there is a list of not only what you ordered but a reminder that certain fruits and vegetables can be kept just on the counter, while others need to be kept in a cool, dark place, and still others once ripened on the counter need to go into the refrigerator to stay fresh.

    One thing mentioned in this paper is that if the greens are wilted they can be revived by submerging them in water for 12 hours. Once revived you shake off the excess water, pat dry and place into a container. Then they need to be kept in the refrigerator until you plan to use them.

    Sometimes I need reviving. Sometimes I get so busy or so stretched I need to take a moment and get revived. That is true about our faith as well. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we are doing or how we think things should go we become distraught.

    Even it we aren’t to the breaking point sometimes we just need to take a time out. We need to take a moment to just breath. We need to sit and just let God fill us up, we need to be revived.

    This is where scripture can be so helpful, especially the Psalms. Maybe you have a favorite passage about God’s love, like we read in chapter 10 of John about Jesus as our good shepherd. Or maybe you hear Mary’s exclamation of how great God is and how God will eventually set all things right in Luke chapter 1.

    Today why don’t you take a moment to let the Holy Spirit fill you. You don’t have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. You don’t have to get everything right or make sure everyone else is getting everything done the way “it is supposed to be.”

    Take a moment just to sit. Open “The Book” and read Psalm 1 or Psalm 23 or even Psalm 103 and listen for the Spirit to speak to you. If you haven’t read it in a while read Matthew 3:13-17. It is when Jesus is baptized and God says, “You are my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

    Jesus before he does anything is told he is loved. So that is true of you as well. You don’t have to do anything to receive the love of God. You are God’s beloved, believe it, receive it and be revived.

    Blessings,

    Pastor Randy

 
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