My, my! What a month it has been! Each weekend in September there has been something extra going on within our church families. The first Sunday, the Milligan church traveled to Schuyler to help build the Habitat house. The second Saturday, Courtney and Tyler Salmon were wed at the Fairmont church. The third Sunday, baby Kate Bettger was baptized at Fairmont. And this past Saturday, Dori and Steve Stimple were married at the Milligan church. That’s a whole lot of celebrating and witnessing to God being active and present in our lives! And I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
I wouldn’t trade my calling for the world. I love being able to join with families during these special times and help them remember just how much God loves them. And how much God loves each of us. Really.
Much of my spare time this month, if you can call it that, has been connected with our little rental house. Tenants moved out the end of August. New folks are moving in October 1. It’s been our practice to “make all things new” for the new tenants. So we have been replacing a couple of doors, upgrading the flooring in two rooms, and making repairs, patching holes, and touching up paint here and there as needed.
A labor of love, we said when we first bought Barth’s bungalow on a half-acre 30 years ago. But this time, making all things new seems more labor than love. Maybe it’s because we have a deadline this time. Maybe it’s because we’re older than we used to be. And maybe it’s something else altogether.
Still, God is showing us love. In the ways we still work on our separate projects, yet support one another differently in them. In the way he is teaching me to use his tools. In the ways our patience and understanding of our own limitations seems to be growing day by day.
So … when is that next wedding or baptism?
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat