From the Pastor…

     As I write these words, we have just completed the second day of Vacation Bible School in partnership with the First United Methodist Church. All has gone well. The children have had fun learning that God provides as they seek to climb Mount Everest (the theme of this year’s school). The leaders and teachers have developed a very effective and cooperative team which for me has been a blessing to observe. Therefore, I have no doubt that before the week’s end, the children will have successfully climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. They will have conquered their mountain!
      Given the “Mount Everest” theme for VBS, I’ve been thinking this week about mountains. In scripture, significant events occurred in the mountains. It was on Mount Sinai where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. It was on Mount Moriah where Abraham, who was ready to sacrifice his son Isaac, proved his faithfulness to God and learned that God would provide. It was on Mount Carmel where God, through Elijah, defeated the prophets of Baal. It was on the Mount of Transfiguration where the disciples saw Jesus in all his shining glory. And it was on Mount Calvary where Jesus gave his life on the cross for you and me.
      But mountains can present many challenges – steep cliffs, deep ravines, sudden changes in weather, wild animals and many hidden dangers. Even as mountains can present challenges, life circumstances can do the same. Life is filled with mountains and obstacles from accidents and illnesses to addictions and broken relationships. But mountains can be climbed. Mountains can be conquered.
      What the children are learning in Bible School this week is a lesson we all need to learn. Our God is faithful. He can and does provide for us. He can and does provide the resources we need to conquer our mountains.  So whatever mountain we may be facing – take courage, keep trusting in God, be patient and in time you will reach the summit!