2019 March Pastor’s Pen

From the Pastor…

       Although I have probably made a thousand hospital visits during my ministry, this was the first time in almost 50 years that I was a patient.  It was enlightening to experience it from the other side of the bed so to speak.  First of all, it’s true what people have been telling me for years: you don’t get any rest in the hospital. Sure enough at 4:30am a nurse comes in to take your vitals, followed by a parade of various medical staff, all doing different things to my body.  I was frequently asked about my pain level on a scale of 1 to 10.  

              One of the more interesting tests was a questionnaire simply called the Mood Test.  It was designed to reveal how your emotional level was going.  In the healing process a healthy attitude and spirit goes a long way in your recovery.  One question that caught me off guard, but got me to thinking, was when the nurse asked me if I had “any spiritual concerns?”  I chuckled a little bit at the question, and was tempted to say, “how much time do you have?”  But I knew he wouldn’t take it that way and it would open a whole new door of follow-up questions.

          But it did get me to thinking about the question for the next few days. How is my spiritual journey going?  What is God up to, both in my life and in our church? Am I going in the right direction?  Is our church going in the right direction?  Do I feel good about my relationship with God, with my relationship with others?  On a scale of 1 to 10, what is my faith level?

          How about you?  How is your spiritual journey going?  What is God up to in your life?  How is your spiritual journey going?  Is your life going in the right direction?  Do you feel good about your relationship with God, and your relationship with others?  On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your faith level? 

          As we approach the season of Lent, we take time to ponder these questions.  Ash Wednesday invites us to repent and begin to think about where we are in life and what God is calling us to do.  On Sunday mornings our lessons will focus on the many struggles of Jesus and the people of his time.  On Wednesday nights we will hear several pastors address the big questions that you have.  So please submit the questions you may have and join us on our Lenten journey.  Let’s see what God may be up to, both in our personal lives and in our church?

            With you on the journey,

                       Pastor Nelson