As we are at the beginning of our season of Lent, it is amazing how quickly time has gone by since I was appointed this past July to Bear Lake United Methodist Church. My family and I are extremely blessed to be part of such a wonderful, vibrant, and warm-welcoming congregation!
In John 13:34-35 it says... "So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." During this journey through the season of Lent, we are each to look deeply within ourselves at those areas of our lives which keep us from a closer relationship to God. Just as Jesus Christ showed love to everyone, we are each surrounded by the Prevenient Grace of God that surrounds us in all we do. Even when we trip over ourselves making poor choices and messing up our lives, God never turns away from us and is always wanting a closer relationship with each of us.
I encourage you to take time each day to pray to God, to have casual conversations with God while driving to work or to the store. Also, to take time and read the scriptures, let the words of the Gospel speak to you. And also, take the important time of being in silence to listen for God. Be intentional to put the cell phone down, turn off the TV or computer, and place yourself into moments of stillness, in order to hear the voice of God speaking to you in the ways you can be reached.
If you are looking for a place to worship on Sunday mornings... a place where you can feel like you are in the warmth of your own loving family... then I invite you to come to Bear Lake United Methodist Church where you can be "re-charged". Come worship with us every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and experience the love and grace of God through Jesus Christ.