Pastor’s Message – January 28, 2020

Learning from the Everyday Faithful
My freshman dorm room measured roughly eight feet wide and twelve feet long. Take out the bed, desk, closet, and drawers, and I had exactly enough space for the other college essentials of microwave, tiny fridge, and shelves for a TV/VCR combo. The space was tight, but it was mine.
I loved that little room, my first home away from home, but most of its contents have found other homes over the years. The one faithful, enduring part of that dorm room that has stayed with me, all the way to West Point, was my small, portable space heater. I even still have the original box it came in! Winter months in that old (now demolished) residence hall were tricky for the thermostat. The heat was either too much or not enough, so I came to depend on the space heater when I sat at my desk studying to keep my feet comfortably warm. It has come in handy in every room or house where I’ve lived since then, most recently for the vanity area of my bathroom. Yes, the space heater was worn and dated and needed to be watched, but it faithfully kept me warm.
Sadly, this is the space heater’s last winter with us. The cord has begun to fray, and the time has come to part with it. As I packed it up in the original box and placed it outside, I couldn’t help but think of how the world is full of everyday faithfulness: a key that turns our cars to “on,” a shopping cart that carries our food, a lightbulb that helps us to see. The list could go on for pages.
Yet how often do we stop to say “thank you” to God for the faithful parts of our lives? And how often do we stop to say “thank you” to the people who are faithful parts of our lives?
This week, let us pay attention to one another. Let us take the time to say “thank you” to each other for the actions we overlook. Let us pause to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who taught us how to live faithfully to him and each other. And may he find us faithful to him!
                                                                                                   all good things to each of you,
Dr. Darian
Lectionary Texts for Sunday, February 2, 2020
Micah 6:1-8
Psalm 15
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12
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