February 21 Edevotional
The God of the Universe models observing a Sabbath in our story of Creation! Amazing. The God of the Universe, of all that is, commands us over and over to remember the Sabbath and to keep it holy, sacred, set apart. I am learning that it is in keeping that holy sphere of inactivity, that is where I experience compassion, where my heart can become softer. It is not easy to hold myself, all others, with the earth in a place of compassion. I find myself so quickly separating out the “good” from the “bad,” the people and places worthy of my compassion and those that I cast aside. I’ll never forget my good friend’s story of compassion. When she was still living in the city of Chicago in a Chicago bungalow with alleyways running in the back of the house and garage. Chicago alleyways in the winter when there has been a lot of snow are a thing to behold, with deep ruts, ice and space for only one car and hardly that. One winter day my friend was in her house and heard a lot of commotion in her back alleyway. She went out on her back porch to check what was going on. There was a taxi driver, a gentleman of color, his taxi cab hopelessly stuck in a rut. Another gentleman with obviously much more privilege was stuck behind the taxi trying to make his way through the alley. Both men were out of their cars and there was a lot of yelling happening. At one moment the taxi driver caught my friend’s gaze and threw up his hands in despair. In that moment, my friend felt a surge of compassion for the driver, of oneness in their humanity.
Our world is in need of compassion. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Pastor Sherrie
Special Church Conference
March 4 at 11:00 am, immediately following worship
We will vote to use 2018 distributable endowment funds
for the general church budget
Pastor Sherrie Lowly and Alice Lonoff