June 2022

“Bittersweet” is a word describing food or a drink that is sweet on the tongue but leaves a bitter aftertaste. We often use it as a metaphor for life events and I can say one of the bittersweet blessings of the church family is watching our children grow into young adults who move away from the church to pursue their education or their career.  

Many of us have experienced this with our own children and our hearts are tender for the parents and grandparents who are on the cusp of this for the first time. We are also tender with our own hearts having partnered with the families in teaching (if we have done our job well) the stories of the bible, our faith tradition and most importantly, about the love of Jesus Christ, our Savior. It is a sacred task and we become invested in “our children.”  

However, our investment does not end there.  As their church family, we continue to support them in our prayers. As for me, I have some hopes that go along with my prayers. I hope they enjoy this next stage in their lives. I hope they are safe where they go and that they make healthy choices…and some choices they learn from. Sometimes our mistakes can be great teachers. I hope they feel the prayers of support from all of us. I hope they come back sometimes; we love seeing them. Better yet, my prayer is that they return to continue their membership in our church family. I hope they continue to grow in the Lord because I know how hard life can be at this phase of life and to go it alone can make it even more difficult. 

On Sunday, June 12th we will be honoring three of our young people as they graduate High School. This year it is Chloe Baker, Cameron Butcher, and Colin Elia who will be moving on from this chapter of their lives into futures bright with possibilities. I hope you can be with us in church to celebrate them, watch videos to remind us how far they have come, how much they have grown and to pray over them.  

To the graduates of the class of 2022 we say, “Little children, you are from God and the one who is in you is greater than the world…Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (Abbreviated, 1 John 4). Please know that your church family loves you dearly, your family loves you, and the Lord God Almighty loves you. May that love carry you through your whole lives long.