Lean Into Easy And Light
This Thanksgiving I’m feeling a bit like this plump turkey. Better not because I know this bird’s fate. I have to lean instead on Jesus and Matthew 11:30, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” These words, of course, are at the end of a well-quoted phrase that begins with “Come to me all who are weary.” But last words of 11:30! Oh my. Jesus ends the simple charge: “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” As if to say, “Come on young disciple; I’ve got you.” On the quick, it isn’t not easy at all. I feel like I want to accomplish everything myself. A pandemic has a way of humbling everyone of us. I cannot do too many things this year but stay home. I cannot save myself. I cannot atone for my own sin. I cannot save the world. I cannot make holy what is profane. I cannot do anything really. But.
I remember talking to Dr. Fred White in Tulcea last year on the NOROC trip and discussing life, death and godliness. He said, “I can learn to rely on Him.” All this time later I’m not sure of what part of discipleship we were discussing. All I remember is his emphasis on ‘can’. I can choose to rely on Him. Yes.
Well. Silence. I can rely… I can intentionally aim to rely on the One who can. I can pursue Him intentionally. I can spend time quietly with the Living Word every day to know Him a little more. I can help my neighbor. I can respect them and love them by wearing my mask. A friend just shared with me a phone text picture of a beautiful cross just to encourage me. A few church folks know I curate poems for Orders of Worship, so they send Mary Oliver poems or digital pieces of art via email. Lifts me up every time. I want to do the same today with this image and these words to you. Carry this small verse in your pocket or purse and aim to lean into it. Memorize it. Lean into it spiritually and intellectually. Aim to share it to one person a day as we approach Thanksgiving. Do it by phone, text or in masked-person. Lean into it. Easy and light. We can creatively encourage one another this Thanksgiving. I send this Eastman Johnson (American, 1824-1906) digital turkey and Jesus’ powerful promise with all of the love and respect I can muster to you. We can rely on our Lord and Savior perhaps this year more than most. It is an act of the will, isn’t it? Scott
Key Dates for the Church Minister and Clerk
- Remember that the BOO requires each council of the church to conduct “a full financial review of all financial books and records” each year. BOO G-3.0113.
- Each each session shall adopt and implement a sexual misconduct policy and a child and youth protection policy. BOO G-3.0106. Each year your session should reflect in their minutes that such policies have been adopted.
- Annual Clerk’s Report for PC(USA)- Each church should have received the packet two weeks ago. Churches may begin to enter data on the PCUSA website on Dec. 4th. Jan. 31, 2021 is the last date for data entry. Cyndi is ready and willing to help you directly. Call her at 806-797-2417
- Minister salary data is due to PDP by March 2.
- Abuse Prevention and Boundary Awareness Training. Sexual misconduct prevention training for ministers should be completed by Dec. 31, 2020. This training is open to all church members and leaders also HOW TO SIGN UP: Coordinate with Dr. Julie Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org). The on-line course is approximately 1 ½ -2 hours and can be done at your schedule with a stop and begin and stop again format. The cost is $24/head to be paid by participant church to PDP.