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Reflections for Sharing The Journey by Laura Cacchione, Prayer Leader of the Bridge Team
Thoughts for the Journey - January 2018
As we begin a new year filled with promise and hope, I paraphrase the words of Walter Brueggemann from his book Celebrating Abundance as some things we can do to move forward.
Decrease what is old and habitual and destructive in your life, so that the new life- giving power of Jesus may grow large in you. Decrease what is fearful and defensive for the increase of life-giving compassion and generosity. Decrease what is hateful and alienating, for the increase of healing and forgiveness, which is the source of life.
Pastor Ann said we each are wonderfully special. Let us believe this and act on this premise every day.
Thoughts for the Journey - December 2017
Could it be? Yes, it could ...Something’s comin’, something good… if I can wait.
These words from the opening song of West Side Story catch the spirit of the Advent season as well as our current situation of expanding our building. In a well-known scripture, the prophet Isaiah proclaims his vision of peace all over the earth. Sometimes it is difficult to hold on to that hope, yet generations of Christians have done just that. We find ourselves in situations or surrounded by turmoil that we don’t want, we didn’t ask for, and we have no control. Yet, we survive. In fact, we thrive. Why? I believe we are uniquely called and gifted to seek God’s goodness in the world in these moments of chaos, pain, even slight annoyances. As long as we keep our minds and hearts in Christ, we will experience something that’s gonna be great.
Thoughts for the Journey - November 2017
We have been waiting and waiting, praying and praying, and finally we have a date for the groundbreaking of the new Ministry Center. What does this mean to us? Some may say we will finally have the full building that was originally intended when the new church was built over ten years ago, but is that enough? This building will indeed be a beautiful complement to our sanctuary and it will meet our needs of additional space for church meetings and for fellowship meals. It will make a good impression on visitors, attractive and new, a sign of a healthy growing church. Is that enough? Let us pray that God will change this new building into a place where God’s Spirit dwells among us; where we can offer comfort and hope to those in need and where we will truly be Christ’s hands, feet and heart in a hurting world.
Thoughts for the Journey - June 2017
The first Sunday of June this year marks Pentecost Sunday. Christ fulfilled his promise to His followers, and all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. (Acts 2: 4) On that same day Peter begins to preach to the assembled crowd with confidence and boldness. What happened within Peter that allowed him to go from denying Christ to preaching openly for Christ? One can surmise that the transforming power of the indwelling Spirit lead to his new life journey. For us today, it can be the same. We need only to believe, to listen to the inner Spirit that is alive in each of us and then act as Christ acted; compassionately, mercifully and humbly. Let all those we meet know we are Christians by our love.
Thoughts for the Journey - Easter Season
All four Gospel accounts tell of Christ being laid in the tomb on Friday and by Sunday, when the women come to prepare his body properly for burial, he is not there. What happened in those three days is the basis of our faith. Do we understand it completely? No, yet we do believe. Even in our believing, however, life presents us with struggles and doubts. Sometimes we may feel as if we are in the dark tomb unable to escape. Waiting can be painful. Yet in Christ's resurrection we catch a glimpse of a life beyond this one as well as a vision of what life here could be: a life that is hopeful, miraculous, and filled with an unending love. So in this Easter season, let us celebrate the precious gift of life that has been given to us all as we proclaim. He is risen! He has risen indeed! Thanks be to God. Amen.
Thoughts for Sharing the Journey - April 2017
All four Gospel accounts tell of Christ being laid in the tomb on Friday and by Sunday, when the women come to prepare his body properly for burial, he is not there. What happened in those three days is the basis of our faith. Do we understand it completely? We don't; yet we believe. Even in our believing, however, life presents us with struggles and doubts. Sometimes we may feel as if we are in the dark tomb unable to escape.The waiting can be painful. Yet in Christ's resurrection we catch a glimpse of a life beyond this one as well as a vision of what life here could be. A life that is hopeful, miraculous, and filled with an unending love. So in this Easter season, let us celebrate the precious gift of life that has been given to us all as we proclaim. "He is risen! He has risen indeed! Thanks be to God. Amen."
Thoughts for the Journey - March 2017
The church calendar tells us we are in the season of Lent. We give things up. We add things to our schedules. We need to do something. For a minute, let's consider one of the New Testament stories. In Matthew 8: 5-13, we hear a centurion begging Jesus to help his paralyzed servant. Jesus says he will go to the officer's home, but the officer quickly responds. "Lord I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only speak the word and my servant will be healed."
This soldier's complete trust, and humble attitude amazes Jesus, and Jesus tells the centurion, " Go home. Your servant will be healed just as you believed he would. And the servant was healed that same hour. "
Perhaps this Lent we too, can approach Jesus with a contrite heart filled with faith and pray, "O Lord I am not worthy that you should come to me, but speak your word and my soul will be healed." Just as with the centurion, it is Jesus who would do the exact something that we need. May we allow Jesus into our hearts this Lent and all our days. Amen
Thoughts for the Journey - February 2017
When the future seems uncertain or you are just feeling overwhelmed, remember the words found in the letter to the Hebrews and pray for strength and guidance:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight...and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith...(Hebrews 12:1-2)
God, I don't want to give up. Hold me up in spite of all that would cause me to collapse and give up. I put my trust in you to keep me persevering for the long haul. Amen
Thoughts for the Journey - January 2017
Southport Presbyterian Church has a wonderful opportunity to work with other local churches from SOIIF to house homeless families in Brunswick County this month. This project has been an answer to years of prayer and God's leading. Please pray for all the individuals involved in this mission. May we follow the scripture from Hebrews: Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
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