Darin’s Doodles

Greetings in the name of God the Father; The Son, Jesus Christ; and The Holy Spirit. I do hope and pray that you are all doing well. On Sunday, September 22, my son, Zachary served as Lay Leader for Sunday Morning Worship. For those that don’t know, Zach has autism and this was an amazing step in his life. If you have ever met Zach or anyone with autism, you have met one person with autism. Each and every person is different, no matter if they have autism or not. He wasn’t afraid to get up in front of everyone and lead the prayer and scripture, although he read the scripture extremely quiet, which is unusual for him. I often don’t get personal in my newsletter, but I wanted to share this with everyone, not because Zach is my son, but because each one of us has a gift from God, in fact each of us IS a gift from God. All of us can do something, maybe we know it and share it all the time and maybe you haven’t quite figured it out yet, either way God has gifted all of us. Simply believing in God and being Christian is a gift in itself, we are all extremely blessed with that knowledge and the love of God. So, what can you do…for someone else, for God, for the church? That is something that only you can decide and God is more than willing to help you. God touches and inspires people all the time, all we have to do is to listen and engage ourselves in what it is God needs us to do. Does Zach fully understand what God and being a Christian means, I really don’t know, but I do know that he knows what Bennet Community Church is and that he knows how to pray and can sing quite well. But then, do any of us really know what it means to know God and be a Christian?  He definitely knows that on Sunday mornings that going to church is just what we do, its part of the routine, which is so important for him.  Something that Ellen DeGeneres says at the end of every one of her shows is absolutely something that we all need to do and that is “Be Kind,” and that is towards everyone and anyone. Remember Paul’s words: Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Blessings to all of you!

In spirit, your pastor and proud dad, Rev. Darin