Reflections on Faith and Community

Dear friends,

On this page, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. You can also find them on the church's YouTube Channel in the "Weekly Word" playlist. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.

Andrew S. Odom

08/19/2019 7:24 PM

Back in the Saddle

08/19/2019 7:24 PM
08/19/2019 7:24 PM
“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” (Luke 8:39)

I’m back! I have certainly missed you all. I won’t go into all the details of my sabbatical here, but I can easily say that I have become a fan. The entire time, one thing that kept crossing my mind was how this time away was not something that was earned. In no way did I earn my sabbatical. No, it was given, and I am eternally grateful to you and to God for giving it. You are wonderful. I relaxed, travelled, prayed, enjoyed family, read books, worshiped in other churches, and experienced times of silence. Basically, I entered a different pace of life, and it was great. I feel as if I received something of what the people in the gospels were given when they spent time with Jesus. They always walked away from that time feeling as if God had just given them a precious gift. That is how I feel, and I thank you.

My next thought is that I want to see you this Sunday. I’ve missed you all, so I hope to see you with us. It’s going to be a fun day as we kick off our ministries. In worship, we’re going to hear the story of the call of Jeremiah and talk about finding your voice. We’re going to ask questions like, “How do you talk about your faith? Do you struggle to talk about it? Are you still trying to find your voice?” We all wonder at times about how to talk about our faith since it is such a personal thing. There is perhaps nothing more personal than the uniqueness of our belief. Have you found the unique voice of your own faith? I look forward to being with you and exploring that together.

See you Sunday!

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