What Gives You Life?

posted Nov 5, 2021, 11:01 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,

Blessings of Pentecost joy be with you!

Another Friday email and another reflection question to encourage you in your spiritual journey. Another opportunity to pay attention to what God is saying to you and how God wants us to have abundant lives. As Jesus said in the Gospel of John, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

So, here’s the question, or better yet, the activity: “Make two lists on one piece of paper. On one side of the paper list all of the things you know give you life that you never [or rarely] take time to do. Then, on the other side, make a list of all the reasons why you think it is impossible for you to do those things” (BBT, An Altar in the World).

The things you know give you life. Not the things you know you should do or ought to do, but what are the things that make your heart sing? What things bring you joy? What is it that makes you cry out, “It is well with my soul!” 

When I read this activity, one thing I realized I had been neglecting was my prayer-walks. Somehow the busy-ness of life got in the way making time not only to care for my body, but also to clear my mind and nourish my soul. So, the other day while working away on my computer, I looked up from the screen and saw how blue and beautiful the sky was. I witnessed the sun radiant, lighting the red and orange leaves of the trees on fire.

What gives you life, I remembered, and why aren’t you doing it? 

I closed my computer, put on my sneakers, and off I went on my walk. And guess what? When I returned after walking and praying and blessing things, I felt life — abundant life — and I was filled with gratitude toward God and creation.

Come to celebrate the abundant life in Christ this Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost at 10:30 AM in person or on FaceBook live. Our music is sure to stir your soul with Nancy Coffin as our featured soloist. She will be singing “Whither Thou Goest” for our Anthem. I will be preaching from the Book of Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 and Mark 12.38-44 and my sermon title is Did You See Her? We will also celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper at God’s table of grace, and then extend the feast to our First Sunday Brunch in the Education Building. A free-will offering will be taken to support the ministries of the church. As you are aware, we have resumed congregational singing and since the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is present in our state everyone must wear a mask for worship and indoor church events. Thank you for your cooperation in loving yourself, your neighbor, and keeping everyone safe and healthy.

The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord give you abundant life — today and always,

Pastor Trish