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Cadence of a Deep Call: a Call to Let Go and Let God
Letting go and letting God is one of the most difficult spiritual practices that we Americans have experienced. That is why the first day of School is so hard for parents to say goodbyes at the bus stop or a drop off site at school. That is why we have tears when the children go to college and drop them off at the dorm and have tears in our eyes. That is why a father walks down the aisle and hands the bride over to the groom at the wedding and tears well up in his eyes.
Mee Young and I have been at Camp United Methodist Church for three years. Three years can be a long time or a short time. It depends on how we take it. We can tell this is very short time for us. There were times of joy and sadness, celebration and prayer concerns, inspiration and disappointments like our daily lives. We have celebrated together. We have wept together. We have danced together.
However, it is time to let go and let God. On the first Sunday of Easter Jesus appeared to Mary who was heartbroken over the death of Jesus. Mary wanted to hold onto Jesus. But, Jesus said to her, “Don’t hold onto me. I have not ascended yet to my Father. But go to my brothers and sisters and tell them I am going to my Father, your Father, my God and your God.”
“Don’t hold onto me!” Jesus says. He talks about physical attachment. He asks Mary and us to let go and let God. Letting go and letting God is hard. We all know it. When we hold onto power, money, habit, material things, or people we experience the suffering of being attached to someone or something.
Mee Young and I will remain as friends to you as we move to a new church, Erwin United Methodist Church in Erwin, NC. I will be your friend, not a pastor. I will pray for gifts for each one of you, but you have a new pastor, Steven Murphy. I believe he will bring wonderful gifts and grace that I don’t have. I believe he will move Camp United Methodist Church to the next level as a big church. I will not come back to this church unless I am invited by him. Thanks for supporting us. Thanks for praying for us. Thanks for blessing us.
In His Name,
Pastor Alex on Prayer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer called the book of Psalms, The Prayer Book of the Bible. This makes a lot of sense
to me personally. Often in prayer we find ourselves wandering and at a loss for words perhaps drifting into our worries, thinking about our next meal, or the to-do list for the day. That’s alright, cut yourself some slack, you are only human after all. When I find myself in those kinds of situations, I turn to the book of Psalms (sometimes referred to as the Psalter). The book of Psalms is one of the most beautiful books of the Bible containing lament and praise. Psalms will journey with you through your human range of emotion. With its 150 chapters, praying the Psalter will keep you busy for quite some time. I invite you to read a psalm, then read it aloud, then focus on a word or a phrase. Remember, this isn’t a formula; rather just play around with whatever helps you encounter God. Perhaps, right now, start with Psalm 1 and be blessed. Happy are those who delight in the law of the Lord because they are like trees planted by streams of water. That language right there, that is Psalm 1. Journey through the psalms, you will be enriched by it.
We welcome our new Associate Pastor Alex Parker and his wife Mallory to Camp UMC!