Stone United Methodist Church
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

Pastor's Reflections



Dear Friends,  

When our children were young, the best week of summer was the one spent at the Outer Banks. We all loved the time at the beach but getting there was another story. The ten-hour drive (pre cell phone, iPad, or Kindle) seemed endless! After a late rest stop on one trip south, my husband announced, “We are now on our last leg”. Our daughter Leanne, about seven at the time, called out from the back seat, “What part of the leg are we on?”.  Getting in the spirit of the conversation Dave answered, “Oh, I think we are about at the knee”. At this point Leanne burst out crying.” Leanne, what in the world is wrong?”  I asked. Through tears she responded, “I just thought we were closer to the ankle!”.

I think of this each March, and most years during Lent. Are we there yet? Are we done with winter? Is it spring? How many more weeks until Easter? This year I can add the uncertainty in the denomination to my litany. Is it May yet? Can General Conference please come so we at least know what we are deciding about?  The fact that I sound like a seven-year-old does not escape me!

I must continually remind myself that faith is a journey not a destination, and that on this journey I am called to both work and wait. Colossians 3:12 says, “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience”.  Yes, patience is a virtue!

As we begin our Lenten journey, remember we are all headed in the same direction, Easter and the lived experience of the resurrection. None of us needs to go it alone. I invite you to journey with the people of Stone in worship, study, service and fellowship this Lenten season.

No, we aren’t “there yet” but we are on our way!


In the peace, power and presence of Christ...Sarah


    Stone United Methodist Church, I love this place!

    In the Peace, Power and Presence of Christ...Pastor Sarah




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