August – September 2012 Update

Hope at the Beach  – A Surfer’s Chapel

 It is He Who Holds it All Together!

Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words! (The Message)

Wow, did I really need these words from Hebrews 1:1-3 two weeks ago. Our daughter Casey married Drew Cross, (great last name, no?). On that same weekend our youngest grandson, Henry had his 2nd birthday. The week before our oldest grandson, Caden, turned 7. Added to this our son and daughter-in-law, PJ and Lauren, recently returned from Africa, were celebrating their anniversary. Caleb had to leave at four a.m. that Sunday and fly to Montreal where he assisted in coaching the US Olympics team in water polo. All the family were together, coming and going to this and that, and as many of you know when the Carlson family gathers there is joy, loudness, celebrating, loudness, laughing, loudness, and at times a bit of stress. Believe it or not everything went great, really…great. Family bridal showers were held; ice cream cakes were ordered, planes were caught and the parties were awesome. We laughed and cried, danced, and sat to eat. Pastor Annette Warner shared a fabulous wedding message. As PJ called everyone forward to bless the couple (it was a very small gathering  of immediate family), I thought to myself, “Look how wonderfully God is blessing this family.”

Every family goes through ups and downs. Some survive and some don’t. This happens with our Church families too, and all relationships. But what makes a family is not just the people, but the One who holds it all together, God through Jesus Christ. It is God’s “powerful words” as Eugene Peterson puts it in the Message, that bind us together. Through the joys and tears, the peace and angst it is God the Holy Spirit that calls, gathers, enlightens, sanctifies, and I would like to add, binds us all together as one in the One. This has been God’s never wavering promise to humanity since creation. As Christ is one with God and one with us, we are the one body of Christ.

Last Sunday we began to look at the promises found in the book of Hebrews. I would ask you not only to pray for us as we study this section of scripture, but to break open that book and take another look for yourself. As I said last week you will need a knife and fork because this is meat and like in eating meat – you will be stronger for it. We need the meat of the Word to survive.

Remember the One who holds it all together.

God bless you, Pastor Chuck