My friends in Christ,
There are times when I sit on the dock and look out at on the water and it is very still. This typically happens late in the day and when the reflections are stunning. I call it ‘mirror time’. The reflection truly looks like a mirror image of the landscape. For this to take place, the sun has to be just right and the water as still as can be. It doesn’t happen every night… but when it occurs it takes my breath away.
Mirror time – when the reflections are just as brilliant on the water as it is looking at the actual houses and trees. It is the way the sun reflects off the windows as well as the way it lights up the colors on the trees. Beautiful images are always difficult to put into words, and one way I can sum up all that beauty is: Mirror time.
That is when I realize that not every moment in my life is an absolute 100% reflection of God’s love and grace. If it were, I wouldn’t be human. But as often as possible I try to reflect the love that God has shown and given to me. To be that reflection of God’s love is being aware of our time, treasures and talents. When we look at things in that reflective mindset, we can see that all we have is really God’s. It isn’t given to us because of our achievements or what we do or who we are, but rather it is given out of God’s love and grace. There is a story written by Bishop Greg Rickel that reminds me about God’s generosity in this newsletter, please take a moment to read it.
All that we have God has given us. For the ministry to continue in Bristol, Indiana, through the parish of St. John of the Cross Episcopal Church, it will take all of us. Each and every one of us… We must work on our invitation. We must always provide hospitality. We must be willing to share our faith with others. This year I ask that you consider your giving, your pledge, your stewardship, remembering that all you have been given is by the grace of God. As you prayerfully consider your pledge this year I pray that it will be a mirror image of God’s gift to you. Amen.
With my gratitude for all that you are and for all that you do, I am
Your servant in Christ,