Notes from the Pastor – November

I really like Paul Simon.  His music is sometimes funny, poignant, and cathartic.  One of his songs came to mind last Sunday as I was driving to church.  I found myself stuck in the snow about a block from the church.  Instinctively, I began humming “Slip Sliding Away.” I was eventually rescued by three brave young men, Brett, Clint, and Chris.  It is moments such as these we overtly recognize our reliance on one another.  One of the things I have found in my brief time here,  is that the people in this community are loving and caring.  The mind of Christ lives within us.  I see that repeatedly.

Even amid tumultuous times, we care for and support one another. I know there is a lot of anxiety in our country today.  In just a few days, we will be electing the next President of the U.S., and it is sad to realize the deep divide in our country.  New racial tension hit in Philadelphia when Walter Wallace was killed by the police just last week.  And, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic continues its assault globally.

Philippians 4:6-7 reads,” “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” At times, this may be easier said than done.  Indeed, for me, this seems like one of those times.  Yet I know, deep inside, God’s peace is a balm for our hearts and minds.  Further, I know that in the midst of this faith community at Central Christian Church, Christ can be found among us and within us.  Thanks be to God.

Pastor David