Forgotten Love

posted Jan 20, 2023, 11:35 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,

Blessings of Epiphany light to you!

What is something you love to do that you’ve forgotten you love to do?

For me, it’s reading. Every afternoon during my vacation I got on the couch, put a blanket over my legs, and read. Not work-related books, mind you, but novels, history. With one of our cats snuggled on my lap I allowed myself the luxury of entering into another world while the cares of this world receded into the background. When I would finally look up from my book, I noticed time had slipped away. Early afternoon light had given way to the darkening of the gloaming hour. Taking the space to read was truly an emotional and physical gift, as my mind relaxed and heart rate slowed. As days passed by during my reading ritual, I felt more peaceful, and issues that would normally upset me were met with a sense of calm. I realized I had missed this “forgotten love” of mine, for as my mother will tell it, I was that kid who was always walking around with a book in her hand.

I wonder, why do we let worldly distractions get in the way of forgotten loves? Especially when we are aware such things are restorative for our body, mind, and soul. And certainly when God wants us to live centered, grounded, hope-filled lives.

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope (Jeremiah 29.11).

The above Scripture passage is often used for vision statements and capital campaigns and new church plants and services of ordination. But what if we viewed it as God’s plan for our day-to-day living? That every day we wake up we are assured that God’s design for each day, each breath, each step we take is a plan for goodness and hope. Perhaps our forgotten loves will no longer be forgotten but remain where they should be — remembered.

Come this Sunday at 10:30 AM in person or on Facebook live to remember God’s plan for our living. The Joyful Noise Adult Choir will sing “More Than All” for the Anthem. I will be preaching from Isaiah 9.1-4 and Matthew 4.12-23 and my sermon title is Help, Please!  Please make every effort to be in person for our annual congregational meeting on January 29 to hear about all the ministry God has accomplished through us in 2022. In addition, we have an important vote to make concerning the petition we sent to Classis New Brunswick regarding leaving the Classis and the RCA. I will provide more information on that next week. 

I pray, beloved one of God, you will remember and return to your forgotten love.

In gratitude for the privilege of being your pastor and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish