Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—September 7, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 2.51.46 PM"Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of yur your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen." Collect for Proper 18, September 7, 2014 What is your level of trust? Most likely, it varies, depending on situation, circumstances and persons or institutions involved. A parent, spouse or good friend? An employer? A bank or the postal service? The government? Your own wits? Technology? Medicine? Teammates? A good friend of mine had her first Zip Line experience a few weeks ago – she is 56 years old. She said the most terrifying part was climbing the tree up to the platform, some 50 feet above the forest floor. The ride down was great – secured in a harness, with a hard hat on her head and gloves on her hands, she felt safe. She had seen many precede her in this fete of daring – both children and adults. Some looked grim and ashen; some looked and sounded terrified; some screamed in delight and couldn’t wait to do it again. My friend would have loved to do it again, provided she could be magically transported to the platform without the 50 foot climb up the tree.  Every one who made that effort that day had to have a high level of trust in order to accomplish the fete. I realized I would be the one cheering them all on, feet firmly placed on the ground.  The collect for this Sunday begins: "Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts" As I pray those words I am brought up short: just how much do I trust God in the various events and aspects of my life? A little? A lot? Are there times and circumstances where I trust God with all my heart? If not, why not?  And what would my life be like if I would always trust God with all my heart?

Thoughts to ponder as we go into this new season with all its challenges and opportunities...

Peace and blessing,


Don’t forget the Outdoor service and picnic – This Sunday, September 7 at 10:00 am.

All are welcome – bring your family, friends, and neighbors!

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