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                     Time with 

              Pastor Tina



The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— Isaiah 11:2 (NRSV)

May is already over and June has arrived.  With the change of months,comes the end of another school year, summer vacation, warmer and hopefully sunnier days, cookouts, ballgames, Pentecost and on the third Sunday, June 16, we celebrate Fathers’[Men’s] Day.

There are many ways a man impacts the lives of others—biologically, through marriage or not i.e. blended families a.k.a. stepdad etc., or as an uncle, a mentor, a teacher, a coach, a supervisor, a boss, or a friend.  You get the idea.

Will you celebrate the men who have made a difference in your life?

Years ago, when I was a mother of teenagers, I wrote a letter to my sixth-grade teacher at New Freedom Elementary School, Mr. Gaeckler.  I told him how much he had enriched my life.  You see, Mr. G. not only taught us the regular course stuff that we were supposed to learn in sixth grade, he also taught us—life stuff.   He took our whole class fishing and ice skating. LOL, when trying to teach me to skate, I fell and knocked him down too. He also tried to teach us how to oil paint and ballroom dance (foxtrot included!). Under his direction, our class performed “Romeo and Juliet.”  He even taught me and several others how to play chess! I’m pretty certain, that had I not been in Mr. G.’s class, I may never have had those experiences. At least until much later in life.  Ballroom dancing for Allan and I never took root but fishing that’s another story. Mr. Gaecklerinfluenced my life and challenged me to become a better student and a better person. He died in 2004 at the age of 90.  I cherish that year with Mr. Gaeckler.

Sadly, the memories and feelings I have regarding my biological daddon’t include fishing, skating, or learning to dance.  I remember Dad working, being tired, and being mad, a lot. I do remember the hugs he gave me.  I also remember the time he drilled holes in nuts and pinecones for me so I could make Mom a wreath for Christmas. My memories of happy times with Dad are vague—but as one of six children—we all agree that I got the best of our Dad.  He died at the age of 60 from a massive coronary.   

What would the world be like if people (not just men but everyone) gave the best they had? What if they used the seven gifts of the Spirit:  wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength [might], knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord [a.k.a. faith in and respect of the Lord]?  What if each of us practiced our faith? Not just in public or at church but IN OUR HOMES? 

Using the gifts of the Spirit we are given in our baptism produces the fruits of the Spirit which are: “. . .love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. . .”

 Galatians 5:22b-23a NRSV

Practicing our faith – spending time in God’s Word, talking to God in prayer, talking and pondering the meaning of scripture or sharing God moments with friends – are a few of the ways to produce the fruits of the Spirit.  Yet before we can practice our faith – we need to have FAITH.  We need to believe in the promises of God. 

Artist, writer and poet Linda E. Knight wrote the following message.

God is your stronghold.

With God as your guide, you need never be afraid.

No circumstances can block God’s love.

No grief is too hard for God to bear.

No task is too difficult for God to complete.

When what you are feeling is simply too deep for words

and nothing anyone does or says provides you with relief,

God understands.

God is your provider—today, tomorrow, and always.

And God loves you.

Cast all your cares on God . . . and believe!

Be Blessed and Believe!  Pastor Tina

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