The Maple in our front yard always looses its leaves early and is doing it once again. I’ve already been having to sweep leaves out of our garage. We are in that season of change from Summer to Winter! Paul speaks about change; in Romans 12:1&2 (NRSV), he says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Be transformed; that is to be changed! It is a process of change like the caterpillar goes through to become a beautiful butterfly! As Christians, we are in that process of change! God is not finished with us yet! We are becoming the beautiful person that God wants us to be! We are learning to love fully as God has loved us, not as the world loves, but as God loves! That is what John Wesley was talking about when he spoke of moving on to perfection. He was speaking of being perfected in God’s love, to learn to love as God loves. Being a Christian is not so much a set of does and don’ts as it is learning to love as God loves and to live the way we do because of that love. Methodist people are known as people of grace and love. Let’s embrace that identity and make the best of it as we reach out in our community in love; therein, we will find our greatest success in ministry in Marble Hill and in our world. The world needs to see the Love of God more than ever; the world longs to see the Love of God! It is a beautiful season, and it is a beautiful thing that God is doing in each of our lives! Share the love so that others will know that God loves them too! People want to be a part of something where they can feel this kind of love!
November is the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is more and more getting lost in the secularization of Christmas. It is a very special time of giving thanks! As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, let’s not forget to say thank you to the one from whom all good things come! Let’s thank God by word and deed! My prayer is that you will Catch the Spirit and invite others to come and join us as we experience the Grace and Love of God together at Marble Hill UMC!
God Bless you!