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FROM THE DESK OF PASTOR MIKE
Grace and Peace,
Change is in the air! Autumn is fast approaching, we see it’s warning signs in the smattering of leaves beginning to change color, and feel its chill in the crisp air in the morning. Change can be difficult for some, and for others the transition can be as smooth as pumpkin latté at Starbucks.
It simply means shifting our wardrobes from summer to fall; putting our garden to rest, popping a few pumpkins here and there, and perhaps stockpiling wood for the bigger changes yet to come.
Jesus shares a parable about a landowner who had two sons, the father tells them to go out in the vineyard to do some work. One initially refuses, then ‘changes’ his mind, and goes to do what has been asked. The other son initially responds with a firm “yes’ a promised commitment, but doesn’t show up on the job.
I expect that anyone of us could be either character in this scenario. Sometimes we dig our heels in on a decision, only upon reflection (and a bit of grace!) to change our mind and experience a ‘transformation,' a change from one way of being to a more open responsive way of being. And, sometimes we might be the character who says “sure”, but doesn’t show.
Jesus is using this parable to indicate that even when we’ve set upon a path that is not leading in the right direction, we can be changed, transformed into true followers of His Way.
This is not quite simple as the change of season wardrobe adjustment, but the process is quite similar. We need to take some time to do a spot check of our inner wardrobes. What are we carrying/wearing within that’s holding us back, what’s keeping us from responding with an open heart and open mind, and what are we holding onto that belongs to a past season?
Well friends, as we prepare for this new season, let’s us never forget, the season of Autumn is about change. If He could change the color of the leaves on the trees, how much more can He transform your life forever. Selah.
See You All in Church!
Rev. Michael D. Jenkins
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