“Peace be with you.” Every Sunday, we echo these words Jesus spoke to his disciples when he appeared to them after his resurrection. And when we share them with a handshake or a hug, we mean them; we really wish a kind of resurrection for other members of our church community. Healing of a serious illness. Reconciliation with a family member. Hope when hope has been lost. But what happens when we leave worship and go about our daily routines? What about our demeanor or words says “Peace be with you,” to those we meet each day? How closely do we listen when someone confides in us? Do we pause to thank the person who waits on us in the store? (I confess my impatience with a nice woman I thought took too long to help me recently.) How patient are we with those who share the road with us? God gives us so many chances to be bearers of peace in our homes and communities. It’s not just a Sunday thing.
Mark your calendars: Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 pm will be the official dedication of Zion’s new organ. We are so very thankful for the generous gifts that brought this beautiful instrument to our sanctuary!
I’m back in Floyd. Thank you so much for your prayers and support for my mom, Norah Mitchell. She is starting to feel a little stronger after a rough week following her first chemotherapy (she’ll have a total of six treatments). A recent PET scan shows no cancer anywhere else in her body, so treatment is still focused on her lung. Thank you for the opportunity to be with her following that first treatment - that is a precious gift. I feel so very lucky to show her just a fraction of the support and love she has given me my whole life.
Peace be with you.