McClave

United Methodist Church

 

Following the way of faith in Christ

 

110 North Grant Avenue
McClave, CO 81057

ph: 719-829-4963

Pastor's Newsletter Article for October 2017

 

  

 As autumn comes our way in southeast Colorado we easily see the changes around us. We see the changes happening in creation with the changing of leaves and grass. We also see the change in routines as the day grows shorter. We also see the changes in activities in our schools and families. Autumn can also be a season of preparation as we know we’ll need to be ready for the even colder weather and shorter days of winter.

 

                I spent many years of my youth in the Boy Scouts with their ever-famous motto of “Be Prepared.” Preparation of can take many forms in the Christian faith. Our time spent with God can function as a time of preparing and getting ready for what we experience in life. Try as we might to plan our lives, our lives rarely follow well scripted plans. It is in those moments that our faith can guide us through the changes. Our time spent with God can prepare us for those challenging times. It doesn’t make the challenging times easier. Our time spent with God reminds us that we don’t experience life alone as our God is indeed with us.

                In one of our earliest New Testament books, the Letter of James speaks to many in the early days of the Church of the need to be grounded in our faith in Christ. The early Church faced many challenges as it was growing and multiplying movement of Christ followers. Many of these challenges where in the changes they experienced as the faithful grew in their faith. Some Christ followers faced challenges and changes from outside of the Church. James 1:2-6 gives direction for those experiencing challenges and change, saying:

 

Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

 

Our time spent connecting with God in our daily lives builds us up and readies us for the challenges and changes we face in our lives. By staying connected with God we know that our Advocate, the Holy Spirit, calls on us when we need to seek God’s guidance and wisdom or when we need to seek God’s comfort and care. Our walk with Christ is enriched when we take that time to be in prayer, in devotional reading, or other practices that draw us closer to Christ.

I call on us to use this time of autumn to prepare and build our faith up in Christ. As the days grow shorter and more time is spent indoors, it is the perfect time to pick up a new devotional, read from the Bible, spend time in prayer, or find a new way to connect with our God. May we use our time with God to build our faith and understanding so that no matter what may come our way, we are reminded of God’s presence in our lives.

 

 

Grace and Peace,

 

Pastor Travis

110 North Grant Avenue
McClave, CO 81057

ph: 719-829-4963