Remarks From The Pastor - September 17, 2017

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Seeing our members reaching out and helping each other has been a blessing to see. I want to relay this story I heard a long me ago.

Waylon the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage, and the next, he was sucked in, washed up and blown over.

The problem began when Waylon’s owner decided to clean the cage with a vacuum cleaner. She put the end of the hose into Waylon’s cage to clean the bottom, but then the phone rang. She turned to answer the phone, and barely said “hello” when she heard “ssssopp!” Waylon was sucked into the vacuum.

Pastor Tom Porter

Pastor Tom Porter

The bird owner gasped, put down the phone, turned to the vacuum, and quickly opened the bag. There was Waylon...still alive, but stunned. Since the bird was covered with dust and dirt, she raced him to the bathroom, turned on the water and held Waylon under the running water. Then, realizing that Waylon was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do...she reached for the hair blow dryer and blasted Waylon with hot air.  Poor Waylon never knew what hit him.

A few days after the trauma, the reporter who had initially written about the event called Waylon’s owner to see how the bird was recovering. “Well,” the owner replied, “Waylon doesn’t sing much anymore...he just sits and stares.” And it’s not hard to see why.  Sucked in, washed up, and blown over...that’s enough to steal the song from the stoutest heart. “Sucked in, washed up, and blown over.” That about sums up how many of us feel after Hurricane Irma. Isn’t that right?

God’s intention for the church is that we become a community where we bear one another’s burdens.  The “burdens” that we are to help others carry include any sort of difficulties that people face. If we faithfully carry each other’s burdens, then we will be fulfilling the law of Christ. What is the law of Christ?

We conclude from Scripture that the law of Christ is the law of love.  The law of Christ is to love one another as Jesus loves us. Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34).  Similarly, Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (Jn. 15:12).  Paul summarized it this way: The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Gal. 5:14).  Bearing the burdens of others is a genuine expression of love and ultimately fulfills everything God wants us to be and to do.