Presbyterian Church

Edgar, Nebraska

August Pastoral Ponderings

 

[Jesus said to his disciples]…..And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”   Matthew28:20b NRSV

            As I drive around the country side, I am noticing the crops.  I am noticing the lack of rain, crops burning up.  I am noticing the green crops with the irrigation pumps running, running, running, running, ….. (you get the picture) and the costs going up, up, up.  I listen to the radio and talk to the farmers….the price for the crops, if we get one, is not good.  There is stress, strain and all other emotions and feelings……

 Jesus said, and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.    

            I noticed my first back to school advertisement the other day.  It will begin soon.  I am noticing the faces of the students, teachers and administrators, the emotions that are on their faces display every emotion in the book…..

Jesus said, and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

            I visited with someone the other day. It’s heck getting old.  The mind and/or body may be giving out.  One wonders why one is still here.  There is missing of loved ones and friends.  Change seems to be happening so fast and not in a good way…..

Jesus said, and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

            It seems the world is a mess.  There are wars and rumors of wars.  People seem to be concerned only with themselves.  There is no respect or compassion anymore.  We are so divided.  People make it sound that fear has won the day.  There is no hope.  There is no future…..Jesus said, and remember,


I am with you always, to the end of the age.

            Whatever you may be facing in your life right now, right here, there is hope!  There is light!  There is love!  There is forgiveness!  There is healing!  There is grace!  There is Christ who tells all of us through all of it….and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.


God’s blessings

Pastor Ethan

 
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