Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
In my May 2017 Pastor’s Page, I wrote about wearing my first pair of bifocals and the difference it made. A few weeks ago, I noticed my vision becoming wonky again, so I made another appointment with my trusty optometrist. After confirming that I wasn’t imagining things, that indeed the letters on the wall were blurred, we began the exam. Much to our collective surprises, the distortion wasn’t due to needing stronger lenses but weaker ones. The glasses I’m now wearing are overcorrecting my nearsightedness, making far away objects more difficult to see.
What I initially chalked up to increasing weakness turned out to be a change in a positive direction. I didn’t notice the growth until someone else pointed it out to me.
Over the past two years, we’ve experienced a great deal of incremental change here at St. John’s. New people, new bulletin format, new hymnal, new music director, new emphasis on generosity, new emerging leaders, new faith formation curriculum, and so on. What you might initially chalk up as “things not as they used to be” might actually be a change in a positive direction. Sure, we might have fewer folks on a Sunday morning than 10 years ago, but I venture that those connected with St. John’s are more engaged, hopefilled, and growing in faith. As I’m out and about, I hear: ” St. John’s—you guys are the church that does....” or “ You took care of my family when...”.
So, I’m pointing it out to you.
Keep on proclaiming the risen Lord and wrestling with faith!
Rev. Rachael C. Dietz