From the Desk of Rev. Beth
Rev. Elizabeth Stotts, Pastor
A colleague of mine shared this story:
I was in a restaurant and while we were there a woman came in with her preschool-aged daughter. As they sat down and started getting settled, the girl pulled out crayons—the kind you get at chain restaurants—and started coloring with them.
She went about it for a minute before the crayon she was using snapped.
“It broke!” she lamented. You could nearly hear the tears in her voice.
Her mother reached out, grabbed her hand, and said with genuine sympathy, “Broken crayons still color.”
She was teaching her child about more than crayons.
How often we let our baggage, our brokenness or the ways we think we’re broken, keep us from offering what it is we have to give and working to make the world more beautiful.
I don’t know if you need to hear it, but I sure did.
So for those in the back, one more time: broken crayons still color.
This year we are embarking on a new adventure as a community of faith. We are taking a “Jubilee Year” or a “Year of Release”.
“You shall make that year holy, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee to you. In it you shall not sow, neither reap that which grows of itself, nor gather from the undressed vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you.” -Leviticus 25
Historically for the Jewish people a Jubilee Year meant a time for liberty, restitution, and simple living. A time when business as usual was suspended so as to re-center and connect with community. We are living in broken times and many are burnt-out, hurting, and hungry for connection. We need a Jubilee Year. We need a time of release. We need to sit together, to pray together, to be broken together so that we too can remember that even broken crayons can color.
I’m looking forward to joining in community, in faith, and in Jesus’ love. Let’s see what we can color together this year!
In Christ, Rev. Beth