Thursday, June 25, 2020

Holden Homily June 24

Holden Evening Prayer Homily

June 24, 2020

Please pray with me,

God of the prophets, you sent John into the world to proclaim the coming of your son. Give us ears to hear the proclamations of your promises and eyes to see your presence in this world. Amen.

Our lesson for tonight is the story of the birth of John the Baptist and the song of Zechariah, his father.  Today is the feast day of John the Baptist, the day we celebrate his birth. 

And yes, the day celebrates (?) honors (?) helps us remember the birth of John.  But there is more said by Zechariah following the birth that is a message that speaks to us this day. 

We have to go back about 9 months when an angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah telling him that he and Elizabeth would conceive a child and they would name him John…not a name from either Zechariah’s or Elizabeth’s families.  Zechariah didn’t believe it…and he was rendered speechless for 9 months. 

Silent for 9 months…
Now proclaiming the good news of the God of Israel. 

What would it be like to be silent or silenced for that amount of time? 

Because of the situation Zechariah had ample time to reflect on God’s call in his life the life of his family. 

As personal as his message was, coming straight from the heart…he proclaimed a message about God for the people of God. 

Almost as if he was preparing the way for his son John who would prepare the way for Jesus…hmmm…I think that’s worth pondering. 

The proclamation and preparation that these voices (Zechariah’s and John’s) are doing for the presence of Jesus that will be coming into the world. 

They will be echoed as we sing the Canticle of Mary just following this homily.  Both Zachariah and Mary as parents called by God proclaim a message of hope, of redemption, of freedom and of a world that will be turned upside down….all because of a God who loves this world so much! 


God loves each and everyone of us and this whole world so much…God brings Godself into the world through the gift of Jesus God’s only son. 
And that world…the world that God created for us…is the one that Zechariah is singing about in tonight’s reading. 

That God has raised up a mighty savior for us
   in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
   that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
   and has remembered his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,
   to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,
might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness
   before him all our days.

That we might serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness. 

With the presence of a pandemic, different areas of our lives have been silenced…concerts, sporting events, large group gatherings…has this offered us all a time of reflection? 

To ponder God’s call in our lives?
To ponder how God calls us to follow Jesus and Jesus message of love and justice and healing in a broken world? 


Has this situation given you time to ponder who God is calling you to be…today? Tomorrow? 
Has this situation given you time to ponder how and when to use your voice?
Has this situation given you time to ponder God’s call in your life to love and serve your neighbor? 

I’m not asking these questions in a judgy way…please know that. 
I have struggled with these questions, too.   

How is the current climate…impacted by politics, racism and a pandemic…giving me time to pause and ponder? 

How is the current situation opening my eyes and ears to God’s call in my life? 

How is God calling me to follow Jesus and Jesus’ message of love and justice and healing in our broken world? 

These are questions I ask myself, think about and pray about every day. 

And everyday…I listen and look for a response…
            In my community both in person and on social media.
            In home, because that’s where I spend lots of time 😊
            In my faith life & journey…because who God calls me to be is a huge part of that journey. 

Every day as I ask those questions… I look and listen for a response to how and where God is calling me to serve that day. 

Sometimes I take it…day by day…because that’s all I can do. 

Thanks be to God who continues to break into our hearts and our lives.
Thanks be to God who continues to calls us to be part of this inbreaking of love and justice.
Thanks be to God who walks with us every step of the way…

And now may the peace, which surpasses all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, and let all God’s people say, amen.   

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Sunday's sermon

Hi's Sunday's sermon.

June 21, 2020
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 20:7-13
Psalm 69:7-10 [11-15] 16-18
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

Please pray with me,
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, our rock, our strength and our redeemer.  Amen. 

Do not be afraid…
Fear not…

Why do you think these phrases pop up more than once in our gospel lesson today? 
Because they bear repeating, especially from Jesus. 

Maybe because the reality of our world is that fear begets fear…
Yes, there is danger out there in the world, yes, danger is real, but fear…fear is a choice.    

When asked what my fears are I often reply frogs and porta-potties. 
I know…just hear me out. 

This frog fear was from when I was much younger and went frogging with a friend and her brother.  Her brother trapped a frog under the dock and with no place left to go it jumped and landed on his face.  Leaving little webby prints here, here, here and here. 

So, when I corner a frog (which doesn’t happen often, in fact it’s not a common practice for me at all) but when faced with a frog, I’m afraid it will jump and land on my face. 

My other fear is that I will drop my phone in a porta-pottie.  Now, truth is, there is a much greater chance of that happening over a frog jumping on my face, but still, there are actions I can take to make sure an accident like that doesn’t happen. 

If I’m ever cornered by a frog in a porta-pottie my head will probably explode. Gosh, I can’t believe I just put those two images together….nightmares for days!  Ugh! 

I digress…there are other fears out there, though, right? 
Fear of getting sick, fear of losing your job, fear for our loved ones health and wellness, fear for your safety and the safety of the ones you love, fear for the future….lots of fears out there. 

And we can and often do get stuck in our fears…be they rational or irrational…but they can seem to take on personalities and lives of their own.  Fear begets fear. 

When we live out of fear, we respond only out of concern for our personal well being, safety and care. 

When we experience fear and are able to see the difference between fear and danger, then we can make a choice as to how we respond. 

You see danger, that’s real.  But fear, that’s a choice. 

Let me say that again, danger is real.  But fear is a choice. 

When faced with any situation we can see whether there is danger and then we can decide how we respond.  We can decide to act out of fear or not. 

In our gospel lesson today, Jesus says, more than once, do not be afraid.  Because, as I said at the beginning, it bears repeating. 

It’s said more than once because the work of the gospel, the call of Christ, is not an easy one.  And, just because we are called, does not mean that the path will be easy and free from danger and fear. 

Jesus preached a message of incredible love and forgiveness.
Jesus lived a life of modeling loving others and reaching out to those in deepest need. 
Those who were outcast, hurting, voiceless, downtrodden. 
Those who were ignored, those deemed untouchable by society or abused by society. 
Those whose lives were shaped by the systems set in place and by structures that were meant to give a certain group of people power. 

During Jesus’ time, those who were deemed unclean were required to shout out ‘untouchable!’ so that those who were healthy and clean could avoid being contaminated. 

In the fictional book Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, Biff talks about how when he and his buddy Jesus would be out for a walk and Jesus would hear the people shout ‘Untouchable!’ it was like a reflex that Jesus just HAD to touch them.  Like being untouchable just drew Jesus towards them.  Just like Jesus was drawn to those society deemed least likely to receive a visit from the Son of God. 

So, we have Jesus, this savior, who not only went to the places and people who were outcast, downtrodden, ignored, abused…but, he called his disciples and he calls us to do the same. 

That this call is not easy. 
It is not a simple call to love our neighbors as ourselves…and move on. 
Although that’s part of it. 
It’s also the call to listen to the voices in our society that have been ignored, that have been silenced, that are crying out for justice. 
It’s the call to hear those voices, amplify those voices, and join in their cry for justice. 
It’s the call to reflect on our wrongdoings as individuals and as a nation and repent of our past mistakes so that we may learn from them and move forward in a way that offers healing for those who have been hurt in the past. 

It’s the call to realize that there are systems in place that maybe (just maybe) we have benefited from, that have pushed or held others down.
And maybe these systems have made us feel safe and protected, but for others they are downright dangerous and life threatening. 

Friends, this is a hard call, but it is the call of Jesus. 

Jesus continually reaches out to each and every one of us with words of love and grace and forgiveness. 

Because of that love and grace and forgiveness we are given this space to listen, to learn, to make mistakes, to love, and to grow. 

Because of that love, we are freed from our fears…
Freed from our fears of being silent when we have voices to lift up on behalf of others. 
Freed from our fears of being outside of our comfort zones of complacency.
Freed from our fears of losing privilege we have held on to for generations.
Freed from our fears of what the future may look like when ALL of God’s children, those white and black and brown…have the same voice and place in our world. 

Jesus embraced diversity. 
We are called to do the same to see the differences in the colors, genders, sexual identities, political beliefs and economic backgrounds…and to embrace them all.  Some, because of past and current treatment, are crying out for more embracing, understanding and hearing right now…. those are the voices to listen to right now. 

Friends, we can do this. 
We can do hard things.
We can hear the call of Jesus, and respond, knowing it is not always easy, but we do so knowing that it has and will continue to change the world. 

We can hear the call of Jesus, who will help to quell our fears, give us strength and humility to live our lives as Christians each and every day. 

And we can respond.
In our words and actions.
In our care and compassion.
In our learning and our mistakes. 
In our desire to know better and to do better.
In our desire to treat other human beings with love, just as Christ first loved us. 

And now may the peace, which surpasses all understanding keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus and let all God’s people say, amen.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Sermon from the 6th Sunday of Easter

May 17, 2020
6th Sunday of Easter
Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22

Please pray with me,
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all of our hearts be acceptable and suitable in your sight, O God, our rock, our strength and our redeemer.  Amen. 

At the beginning of the year, I etched out my running goals with my coach. 
The initial plans included some speed work on shorter distances, a race with my sister, joining an ultra-team for a relay race and a marathon in late fall. 

The racing season has not panned out as I, or many other runners, anticipated. 
May originally contained a 10K and a half marathon.  The half marathon would have been yesterday.  Well, with races being either cancelled or postponed, the runners have continued to run.  I registered to run a virtual half-marathon through Fleet Feet Sports in West Reading.  It was like a ‘regular’ race…with a t-shirt, bib, and even finishers medal.  Proceeds went to Opportunity House. 

After you registered, you had between May 1 and May 11 to run your registered distance and submit your race time. 

Two weeks ago was my half marathon.  It was a beautiful spring morning, I got to run in capris and a tank top and, even though it was a solo race, I did not run it alone. 

My other coach, Billy, rode his bike alongside me for 13.1 miles. 
Some were faster than others, some were more grueling than others…and some, he didn’t ride too closely.  Well done, Billy, way to read the situation.  😉

While my half marathon was technically unsupported (no porta-potties, water stops or mile markers) my half marathon was supported fully by Billy.  

He was with me every step of the way, never leaving my side, cheering when I needed it, and more importantly, just being present when not being alone was all that I really needed. 

Just being present…so I knew I wasn’t out there on my own. 

In today’s gospel lesson Jesus talks to his disciples letting them know that they are not alone, nor will they ever be alone. 

Similar to Yoda’s word of hope, “There is another.” Jesus tells the disciples that another one is coming.  An advocate is coming, the Holy Spirit is coming, the one who is called to be alongside of you.  The Holy Spirit. 

Through Jesus’ words, the disciples are reminded just as God has always been with them, God will continue to be with them in the future. 

The Holy Spirit will be sent into their midst to accompany them on their journey.  Jesus promises the disciples that they will not be alone…in the midst of a future that is uncertain, in the midst of a future when Jesus as they know him will not be with them, in the midst of their daily lives to come…the disciples will NOT be alone. 

The Holy Spirit, will abide with them.  Being present in teaching, leading, listening, guiding, encouraging, nurturing and just being present. 

What a comforting promise Jesus makes to the disciples in their time of fear, worry or uncertainty. 

What a comforting promise Jesus make to us, in our time of fear, worry or uncertainty. 

Jesus will ask the Father and the Father will give us another advocate…to be with us forever. 

Jesus promises the disciples, AND US, that we are not alone, the advocate, the Holy Spirit is called to be alongside us.  God who has always been with us promises to always be with us into the future. 

The advocate will be with us, will accompany us….
What will that look like? 
It will look different for each of us. 
It means that the Spirit will be with each and everyone of us in the ways God accompanies each of us. 

What does it look like to have the Spirit beside us?  Supporting us?  Guiding us?  Comforting us? Nurturing us?  Encouraging us?

It’s similar to Billy’s support in my half marathon.  Accompanying me didn’t mean Billy needed to run 13.1 miles, I don’t know if that would’ve happened…scratch that, I know that wouldn’t have happened.  Billy doesn’t run.  But, big BUT here, he was willing to ride 13.1 miles.  It meant he was ready and willing to be beside me, not necessarily doing the same thing, but being present for the experience. 

So often the church, the ministry that happens through this place happens because we are able to gather together in this space.  When we do, we hear and share stories, highs and lows and prayer concerns.  We connect week after week and through that physical presence as we accompany each other on our life’s journeys. 

Well, friends, we still accompany one another, don’t we? 
Even when we aren’t in the same physical space together each week. 

So often we think about walking alongside someone and physically being there with that person. 

What does accompaniment look like for you right now? 
How are people walking this journey with you, especially if you live on your own? 
How are people caring for you by providing physical space, but remaining emotionally present and present in relationship? 

Take time to reconnect with those who you would have seen in worship this morning either in a text, phone call or hand written note.  I bet, not that gamble, but I bet that if you send a note to someone this week … and all it said was …you are not alone. That it would make a world of difference in their lives. 

If you’re not sure about the impact it could make…think about walking to your mailbox and receiving a card that says, you are not alone.  How would that touch your heart…your soul? 

How would being reminded of another’s presence with you provide comfort and hope in the midst of an uncertain and worry-filled time? 
I think it would make a difference in many hearts. 

Just a simple note: You are not alone. 

You, we, can accompany one another on this journey as the Holy Spirit is at work in us and through us. 

It doesn’t mean we are called to experience this season in the same way as everyone else, but it does mean we are called to go the distance.  Called to be present, to listen, to love, to encourage, to nurture, to support, to strengthen and to just be.

I pray that you know and feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life when you are in need of that love and comfort, nurture, care, support and encouragement. 

Because here’s the thing folks…and it’s one more running analogy…
This time and place, this season of our lives….it’s a marathon, not a sprint. 
There is a long road ahead of us. 
And we cannot proceed without the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. 

When this situation started to take shape around us in early March, we thought about the next few weeks, and then we thought about the next few months…and now…we don’t know how this journey will unfold for us. 
We are constantly adjusting and readjusting our plans of action. 

As this season unfolds around us, be certain of the Holy Spirit in your midst, in the midst our families and community, comforting, encouraging, supporting, nurturing and being present in the midst of all that is happening. 

Know that you are not going through this alone.
Take a moment to remind others that they, too, are not alone. 

Seek solace and comfort in that. 

And may the peace which surpasses all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus and let all God’s people say, amen. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Holden Evening Prayer Homily - May 6

Holden Evening Prayer Homily
May 6, 2020

Please pray with me,
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, our rock, our strength and our redeemer.  Amen. 

I received this mug as a Christmas gift in 2017.  

It came with a lovely card that was not signed.  That year I had read the book Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton Doyle.  One of the chapters that stuck out for me, was one that Elly Grabosky recently reminded me of.  It’s the chapter when Glennon talks about people – you and me – being wounded healers.  

Let me explain.  Glennon goes on to talk about how we are all broken in some way shape or form.  We have all been wounded or hurt, physically, emotionally or spiritually.  We all carry wounds.  But it is not until those wounds have healed that we are able to tell our stories and help others to heal. 

Think about a wound that you have had…if you pick at it like I did ALL THE TIME as a kid.  It takes a stinkin’ long time for that wound to heal.  If you let the wound do its thing and heal, you are then left with a scar.  Now a scar will tell a story. 

When our wounds turn into scars, we are able to tell our stories, we are ready to share a past experience, share what we have learned from it and hopefully help others by sharing that experience. 

I get it, we each have our own unique experiences, they are personal to us.  We can never fully understand what someone else is feeling and experiencing even if they go through the same exact experience that we have.  The same experience is never the same for two different people.  That being said, we can help others in the midst of a similar experience by sharing our own stories.  We can share presence and an example that we have lived through an experience and how it has changed us for the future. 
We all carry these wounds and scars. 

Some of them you can see, like this one that I got on a first and last date when I shut this finger in a truck door. 

Some of them you can’t see.  Like the scars from surgeries that may spend most of the time covered up by clothing.  Or the scars on our hearts from the times that our hearts have been broken by friends or loved ones. 

We all carry these wounds and scars. 

Henri Nouwen quoted by Glennon talks about us being wounded healers. 

With these wounds and scars that we carry, we continue to go about our days and lives wounded, yet called to heal others. 

We are all wounded healers. 
We follow Christ who after his resurrection, fed people, taught people and loved people with the wounds on his hands, his feet and his side. 

We are wounded healers.  Especially in a time like this.  Yet the tough part is that we are in the middle of it right now.  We are living in a time of pandemic and we cannot see the other side.  We know that God is with us, but it is hard to reach out to others, when we ourselves are still actively healing from this experience, or maybe not even healing yet….still reacting and responding to how we are being wounded…

Maybe it’s the loss of a job.
Maybe it’s not being able to be at the hospital with your loved one.
Maybe it’s not being able to balance work and schooling your children at the same time. 
Maybe it’s not being able to celebrate a prom or graduation as you had envisioned. 
Maybe it’s postponing a wedding date, an anniversary party, a bridal shower, a funeral.
We are in it right now, friends, in the thick of it. 
It is hard to care for others while we ourselves are still experiencing new announcements about the future every day. 

So I guess it goes back to this…be kind. 
It’s a recurring theme, isn’t it? 

Be kind. 

Because here’s the thing,   

We are all going through this pandemic in similar but different ways. 
We are all experiencing a situation unique to each of us, even though it is a situation that is happening to all of us. 
So, if you are coping well with being at home, be kind to those who are lonely or for whom being at home is a struggle or even unsafe. 
If you are loving online learning or online work, be kind to those who struggle with this disconnection of face-to-face time with friends and co-workers. 
If you are not experiencing a change in your income or the amount of food you need each day, be kind to those who are struggling right now.  Be kind to those friends and neighbors worrying about finances or where their next meal may come from. 

All these ways are the ways we are called to be wounded healers. 
I encourage you as well, in general, to be kind.

While we are in the same situation, we all feel it and experience it quite differently. 
If this is hard for you, know that others are struggling as well.
If this is easy for you, please be kind to those of us who are struggling…we need your help and support and love and encouragement. 

If you need someone to listen or to pray…call us we are here.

God heals up the broken-hearted,
God binds up our wounds,
and sends us to heal and love others. 

We will continue through this situation together and we will come through it together knowing that we are not alone.  

And now may the peace, which surpasses all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus and let all God’s people say, amen.   

Monday, May 4, 2020

Good Shepherd or Good Gate Sunday Sermon

May 3, 2020
4th Sunday After Easter

Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25

Please pray with me,
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all of our hearts be acceptable and suitable in your sight, O God, our rock, our strength and our redeemer.  Amen. 

It’s the fourth Sunday after Easter, so that means it’s Good Shepherd Sunday.  We’ve sung about being sheep.  The appointed psalm for today is Psalm 23.  Had we heard the second lesson, we would have heard a reference made to a shepherd and in the gospel of John we are entering the chapter where Jesus talks about being the good shepherd.  In our passage this morning, however, even with all the talk about sheep and shepherds, Jesus doesn’t refer to himself as the Good Shepherd.  He does, however, refer to himself as the gate keeper. 

Why isn’t this gatekeeper Sunday?  Just not the same ring. 
And, if you’re like me, when you hear the phase gatekeeper, you go straight to Ghostbusters and Sigourney Weaver as the gatekeeper.   For you Ghostbusters fans out there, “There is no Dana, only Zuul.” And for you young women who were in the first girls’ small group, the Sigourney Weaver reference is for you! 

Okay, enough shenanigans, back to the text. 
Jesus…the gate keeper.
Jesus is the life-giver. 
The one who calls the sheep by name.
The one who not only keeps the sheep in a protective place, but also leads them out to green pastures. 
Jesus is the gatekeeper. 
Jesus is the door.

Jesus is the door – the one giving life, the one offering protection. 

With some warmer weather, we have been able to have our storm door open. 
Marley, our cat, loves watching the birds land on the wreath on the front door.  We love the light coming in the front door, and being able to hear the birds (and the trains) a little more clearly. 

Jesus the door gives life and offers protection. 

How do our doors do the same? 

Yes, right now our doors are offering protection.  They are a safeguard for those within and without. 

They are helping us shelter in place, to protect the weak and vulnerable in our communities and our world.  I have seen wonderful pictures on social media of “Door” visits.  Pictures taken of people playing tic, tac, toe on their door while a neighbor stays outside visiting someone inside.  Staying inside our doors protects us, yes, but also protects those in our communities who are greatly at risk during the time of this pandemic. 

How do we long to fling open our doors to let in the fresh air, the light of the sun and perhaps more importantly friends, family and guests into our homes. 
How do we long to fling open the doors to the homes of our loved ones…to enter in with hugs and physical presence.  To enter into an assisted living facility or hospital to visit someone’s bedside?  To share a meal around a table?  To watch a movie together on the sofa, to be in the same space, safely, together?  To fling open wide the doors of this building?  To fill these pews?  To gather around the altar railing? To share our voices together in this space? 

Oh Lord, we’re ready to be together. 

As I finished a run the other day, I walked around the church to see if the lilacs were blooming behind the shed.  Not quite yet…

As I came back a neighbor shouted across the street, “Is God still in there?” 
The neighbor was referring to the building. 

I shook my head and said, no, God’s been out and about for some time. 
This person seemed to come from the train of thought that God is only active in the building and when worship is happening.  That church buildings being closed means that God is shut inside.  It was hard to break it to that person that God has been on the move for a good long while, and even though church doors are closed, the church itself is FAR from being closed.  God continues to be at work in the world in new and different ways each and every day.  

Thank God that God isn’t confined to this building.  I mean, God is at work in this building, but this is not the only place God is at work.  God, in the presence of the Body of Christ, is not confined to one building.  (Phew.)  God, the church, the Body of Christ is out and about in the world each and every day.  It’s you. And you. And you.  And you and you and you…and even you, the one who just wandered out of the room for more coffee or a bathroom break. 

We see our physical doors as things that offer protection, and while they are closed, protecting us God still enters in, to wherever you are, to offer presence, love, hope, comfort and support. 

Yet at the same time, we still need to enter and exit through these doors, for sunlight, for fresh air, for nourishment and work. 

These physical doors still protect and offer ways to life. 

Jesus as the gatekeeper, the door, protects and offers life, life in abundance. 

The entrance through which Jesus calls us offers us love, protection, companionship, community and everlasting life. 

Jesus through his life, death and resurrection gives us a gift that last longer than shelter-in-place guidelines, furloughs from work and the uncertainty of the future. 

Jesus’ gift of everlasting life is life abundant here and now. 
It is the promise that we are loved no matter what.
It is the promise that we are forgiven.
It is the promise of a place at the table at the eternal banquet. 

I hope this is sinking in. 
But if it isn’t, that’s okay.
I mean Jesus was using this imagery, rural, shepherding imagery with a bunch of fishermen!  And after he talked to them about this, they didn’t understand it. 
It took them a while, and it still takes us a while to hear and understand the height and depth of God’s love and grace in our lives and our world.  I love in our first Holy Communion class when Pastor Bill is talking about us ‘understanding’ communion…and that at the end of the class the 2nd graders may have a better understanding of that gift than anyone else at that moment.  Because really, when do we fully understand?  Probably that moment when we are welcomed into the kingdom of God when our time on earth is done. 

So, for now, know this. 
God’s grace and love reaches beyond your closed doors. 
God’s grace and love is with you this day and all days. 
Know that as members of the Body of Christ, you are God’s hands and feet in the world right now. 
God isn’t confined in the building, the church isn’t just the building…
The church -as is has been for thousands of years – is deployed. 
Active and at work in the world where it is most needed right now. 

We long for the day to gather back in this place for hymns, holy communion, prayer together, gatherings in the social hall, baptisms, weddings, funerals, ABO, MAP, choir, you name it.  In the meantime, while we are in active deployment, continue to know that you are forgiven and loved, more than you know. 

Take a moment to remind those in your home, or those in other homes that they too are loved, more than they know. 

Live abundantly in that love this day and all days. 

And now may the peace, which surpasses all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus and let all God’s people say, amen.