Pastors Page by Rev. Beckie Sweet

“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding… Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense God’s grace. from Matthew 6:1-6 (The Message).

Friends in Christ,
Have you been too busy to care for your friends lately? How often do you write a letter, pause to count the petals on a flower, coach a child playing ball, or have a conversation with God? In our lifetimes, people have lived into the notion that our worth is equated with our busy-ness. The increasing pace of demands upon our time (even those self-imposed) preclude having time for leisure, faith development, discovery, and play. Is it any wonder that we suffer from so many stress-related illnesses of body, mind, and spirit?

During this season of Lent, God is calling us to slow our pace, to make the time and effort to reconnect with God, and experience a journey with Christ that will transform our lives. Finding a new rhythm that shows the deep balance between spiritual well-being and human existence is a rare gift. It is that rare gift for which we will strive as we worship, and learn, serve Christ, and play, during this journey called Lent.

I invite you to a season of intentional nurture. You may be blessed to discover grace that is sacramental, reconciliation that renews long-fractured relationships, healing that soothes wounds of many kinds. For that is the miracle offered to us by a Savior who has experienced humanity with all of its temptations, betrayals, rivalries, and yearnings. Let’s walk with Christ as we seek awareness of every blessing.

~ Rev. Beckie Sweet




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