From the Desk of Rev. Beth
Rev. Elizabeth Stotts, Pastor
There are many definitions of the word “bless”, but here’s the one I like: To make holy, to consecrate, to hold in reverence. In religious and secular culture, we too often hear a spoken or implicit connection between blessing and reward, whether that be the blessing of health, wealth, security, opportunity, etc. Too little air time is given to the opportunities we have to do the blessing, to recognize the mundane and momentous objects, moments, and people as holy and hold them in reverence. And yet, the opportunities are all around us. And as church, what better way to be doers of the Word!
Blessing is something that we can do in any time and any place. We can say a blessing over a sink full of dirty dishes, thanking God for these vessels that held the food that nourished people. We can say a blessing as we park our cars, giving thanks for a safe arrival. We can bless one another. In Puerto Rican culture, it is a tradition that children greet elders with the word “Bendición” to which the elder replies “Que Dios te bendiga.” The child literally asks for a blessing, and is met with the words, “God bless you.” (Just one example to celebrate during Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15!)
As we consider this Fall how to be doers of the word, let us also ask how in our daily living we are given opportunities to bless others and to bless the world around us. The Spiritual Enrichment topic for the Month of October is “Our Global Community”. When we think about blessing the world around us, we can start here. As you read the pages of this newsletter, whether it is a paper copy in your hands or a document on your computer screen, I invite you to offer a blessing over the words you read, the people who wrote them, and the ministries they describe. May the many opportunities to serve, build up community, witness to one another and the world, and know God more deeply and fully, be a blessing in your life as well.
Yours In Christ,