September 2017 Newsletter
September 1, 2017, 9:00 AM

I have to admit. I was a little skeptical of the hype. I’d seen partial eclipses, I’ve looked through a pinhole viewer. I’ve even seen pictures of ‘totality’ on the internet and in books. Yet, still. Nothing could prepare me for what we were able to witness this past August 21st.

In the words of my daughter Ashleigh, “That was amazing.”

Throughout scripture we read the phrase, “…to fear and love the Lord…” It’s a phrase that we think we understand, but we just can’t quite wrap our minds around the concept. However, I think after viewing totality for those two and a half minutes, I’m beginning to get an inkling of what that might actually mean.

I was overcome with all sorts of emotions leading up to that moment and during it. Anticipation, a little worry, excitement. When I removed my eclipse glasses to view the moon completely blocking the son, I was overawed with emotion. My eyes watered and I couldn’t help, but think, “God’s creation is so freaking amazing. I too am a part of that.”

The same hands that intentionally fashioned me and all of you in the womb, the same one who knows every hair on our head, is the same one who put the earth in motion, who set the moon and sun in its place, who started the processes that lead to the beauty and bewilderment of a total solar eclipse. The same God who did all that is the same one who came to earth as flesh and blood, to share the Good News of God’s love for the world, who died, rose, and ascended in the victory over death on the cross. The same one who calls us to love and serve with and for one another.

Being witness to all of that myself was incredible. Being witness to that surrounded by thousands of people that are sharing in that moment? Words can’t begin to describe it all.

Y’all. Y’all. We’re in this together. We are surrounded by our brothers and sisters. We worship and give praise and thanks to God who loves and holds us all. All of us. Wow.

In that spirit of a ‘fuller’ body of Christ on Sunday, October 29th we will be worshipping with our neighbors for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. We will gather at Wiles Chapel at Newberry College at 10:30am. We will celebrate in that wonder of God who has fashioned us, continually re-forms us, and sends us out proclaiming God’s love, mercy, acceptance, and forgiveness to the world.

Mark it on your calendars. October 29, 2017 – 10:30am. It’s going to be great. No glasses needed. Just full hearts and serving hands.

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