Darin’s Doodles


Darin’s Doodles

Hello to you all! I write this while attending a pastoral convocation.  Gathering with other clergy is always an interesting and educational experience.  I am attending this convocation at St. Benedict Center near Schuyler, Nebraska, which is in a very rural setting.  It is extremely quiet and peaceful here and is welcome to anyone who would like to have a spiritual retreat, renew their focus on God, or just time to really breathe.  It is essentially an all inclusive, as we sleep, eat, and have our educational sessions all under one roof.  It’s a time for me to obtain a sense of renewal, which is excellent timing as we begin a new calendar year.  Many of us look at a new year with ‘grand’ ideas of what we are going to attempt to do or change and many of those ‘things’ don’t happen, which is reality and us being human.  However, as pastor I am asking, encouraging, and hoping that you, as in individual, will pray and act in 2018.  Honestly consider praying that you will (re)connect with God in any and every aspect that you can, whether it be completely individual with reading the Bible more or just being in silence mediation and prayer or however you feel a deeper connection with God.  Maybe that means engaging in church in a new and/or different way or coming to Sunday school and worship…and possibly doing so again.  Honestly consider acting in the ways that God inspires and leads you, whether that is doing a personal ministry mission or a community/church mission.  God is good and from God we all have been given Jesus Christ and through his amazing love and leadership the church was created; and as Christians today we have a responsibility to continue that work and ministry of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is our Savior, and definitely the Son of God, however he didn’t do it all by himself, he chose Disciples, and if you are reading this, you are chosen today also.  God is for everyone, the church is for everyone, now it’s time for everyone to be for the church and for God.

In spirit, Rev. Darin