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(From my weekly Pastor’s Page written for my community of faith)
As this year draws to a close, the experiences of the last twelve months are nothing more than a silent echo in the halls of distant memories.  Most of us will go through the year-end ritual of pausing long enough to,

reflect,
recollect,
remember and even
regret…

the things we did and said…the things we didn’t do and didn’t say.  And now, we shed the stale year now past and embrace the possibilities that the coming year promises.  Some of you might even dare to set resolutions with hopes that next year will be better than the last.

My prayer for you in the coming year is that you would center yourself around “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise…”  (Philippians 4v8).

Focus on the things that feed your soul and nourish your spirit.  Learn to love well.  Forgive much.

May faith guide you every step of the way.  May hope be in plenty supply and may the love of God be abundant.

I am a believer in film.  Let me explain.  I’ve always loved watching films.  Good ones, bad ones – you name it I love them all.  I am convinced that what I really like about films is the story they tell and the visual representation of it.  A week ago some friends and I stumbled into the theater and watched “The Day the Earth Stood Still”.  I hadn’t seen any previews but hoped it wouldn’t be a complete waste of time.  It turns out that after getting pasted the main premise (which I won’t give away) – the film was actually quite good, and I will tell you why.  Day_the_earth_stood_still

The film had many Christological(things about Jesus) allusion’s in it.  That is only if you wanted to see them.  Any time I see something that alludes to, mentions, or ever slightly resembles Christological language I love it.  It’s my story.  So, after the film as we talked about some of the themes in the film I thought it would be a good idea to invite the church to come out and watch this film and then we could discuss it.  It sounds like a good idea, except that I come from a community of faith(Seventh-day Adventist) that has for many many years discouraged going to the theater.  It’s one of those things most people do but no one talks about it.  We announced it at our Saturday morning gathering and it turns out that we had 24 people join us.  That was more than I was expecting. What struck me the most was that we had people ranging from ages 11-60’s.  Our discussion afterwards was great too.  We helped make connections between the film and the Biblical Narrative.  Watching a movie broke down barriers and helped us connect on a deeper level.  People of all ages.  Like I said, I am a believer in films because people will watch a film and come away with a story they relate to.  But there aren’t very many people who will willing come to church and listen to a sermon.  It might be too preachy.  Lesson to those who hear.

I could write more about the film itself but you should watch it and see what you think.

Below I have posted a short excerpt  from a poem I came across while reaSunraysding, “Let Your Life Speak”.  It is powerful on it’s own.  There is no need for commentary or explanation and I am certain it will speak to  each of you in different ways.

“No I become myself.  It’s take time, many years and places. I have been dissolved and shaken.  Worn other people’s faces…”

(The poem was written by May Sarton and is titled “Now I Become Myself”)

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So I’m on vacation.  And that picture you see above is the same window I have been looking out of every morning as I read and write.  There are times that I have just sat there and listened to music, not worring about what I needed to do next or the next day.  No meetings to prep for or phone calls to take.  Nothing.  What a vacation is supposed to be like.  Which explains why this blog has been a ghost town.  I have another week before I head back to the valley..  I hope to post more then.  I am going to try and post at least three times a week.  That sounds so easy from this side, but it becomes much more difficult. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.