From the Desk of Rev. Beth
Rev. Elizabeth Stotts, Pastor
I got a text message from a college-aged youth last week. It said: “Thank you for everything at the church, Rev. Beth. I never realized how much church prepared me for college.”
I replied, “OOOOOoooooo! Tell me more! :)”
“I interviewed for a job on campus and told them about leading worship and how talking at church made me more comfortable in front of people. Then I realized that just about everything at church has prepared me better for life.”
“OMG!!!!!!!!! That is so awesome! You’ve warmed my heart,” I replied. “This is just beautiful. I’m thrilled that the
church has been such an important part of your life! Did you get the job????!!!!!”
“I’ll let you know. Thanks again!”
“Good luck! You’re in my prayers. Keep me posted.”
You guys. Seriously. When looking back on 2019, this text exchange was without a doubt one of the highlights of my year. You know that New Year’s song “Auld Lang Syne”? Do you know what that means?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
The Scottish phrase “auld lang syne” literally translates to “old long since,” and basically means, “days gone by.” The original, five-verse version of the poem essentially gets people singing, “let’s drink to days gone by”—a toast for the new year. Sometimes we forget that even people who aren’t in our midst anymore are still impacted by us. Or that “days gone by” should be remembered and honored.
If we do nothing else in this new year, let’s take a cue from a college student, think of the “days gone by”, and reach out to someone who changed or impacted our lives and thank them. As we ring in a new year, drink a toast to them and to the days gone by with gratitude!
“I remember the days of old, I think about all your deeds, I meditate on the works of your hands.” -Psalm 143:5
Yours In Christ,