Remember Me

 May 2019

DO THIS, FOR THE REMEMBRANCE OF ME

Since becoming a pastor, cards I receive during special times of the year, hold new meaning for me. Greeting cards now have the words, “For our Pastor”, “For Pastor and wife”, and “For Pastor and Family”. Each of these cards holds a unique place with my family and me as we never before received cards that were customized to our vocation and place among you. We had never received cards that identified what we mean to you as your Pastor.

I am humbled when I receive cards that combine a message for a Pastor along with St. Patrick’s Day (yep, I received one), New Year’s Day, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, and more. And still, someone considers the occasion and the vocation to create cards for people to consider. Well, each card received is truly special, appreciated, and respected.

Obviously, this message is not about sending cards to the pastor during the various times and seasons of the year; instead, it is about the feelings that are generated when the card is received. Even more; it is about the care, thought, and motivation of the individual who “takes the time to remember an event”; then searches for a way to express their gratitude, thanks, and respect.

Our gracious God creates us in His image and as such, we share many qualities and characteristics. One gift we share in common is the ability to love; to feel love, to express love, to desire love, and to share love. Our love for one another is revealed when we remember each other; in ways of care and support, in ways that show what others mean to us, in ways that reflect how others have stayed with us, and above all… in ways that reveal how others have loved us.

Like us, God desires to be remembered and loved for His plans, Words, and acts of love that brought us out of a place of sin and death, and lifted us up to a place of light, life, and peace. Each time we approach the Table, we are bringing a unique, special, and personal ‘expression’ of our holy gratitude, thanks and respect to God by remembering what He has done for us through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

My dear friends in Christ, God has us in the very best of His care, we are truly blessed, and we have so much to be thankful for. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians. 5:16-18 - ESV)

~Pastor Tony