“… Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Now that I am older, it seems that I don’t get as much recreation as I should. At least that’s what my doctor (and my body) tells me. That’s why I look forward to summer, because I think of recreation, rest and fun! I think that goes back to my school days when at least for a couple of months the “school work” stopped and we had time to rest and play. Even now, when I no longer have “summers off” (haven’t for over 35 years) my mind and soul still shift into another gear and I seek “recreation.”
I think that shift is a good thing; for me, for you, and for the whole faith community. As I thought about recreation, the quote from Isaiah above came to me. You and I can count on the fact that the God who created us in the first place continues to re-create us anew each moment. The question is will we be open and responsive to God’s healing touch. God doesn’t force this re-creation upon us. It’s a choice we make.
Take a look at the word itself: re-creation. Creation is God’s gift. It is a time to rest and to be revived. Re-creation is essential. Our minds and bodies are not metal machines. Without the rest we need, we burn out. We are more prone to injuries, sickness and even death. Spiritually, our tiredness leads us down reactive roads where we have neither time nor energy to listen and respond to God’s call faithfully. That’s why God doesn’t recommend a “Sabbath”; it's a commandment.
Re-creation is important SPIRITUALLY as well as physically. Unfortunately, the summer months are often the time when we choose to “rest” from worship. Yet, when we omit worship, we lose our best rest opportunity. The opportunity to “rest” in the arms of the One who truly has the power to make us new! What better place can we find to be re-created than in the arms of the one who created us in the first place?
As you will see in the newsletter, there some unique opportunities to plug-in and be renewed. Our Park Service begins at Monroeville Park West in June (9:00 a.m. in Pavilion #3 as last year); a relaxing service in a ‘wonder-fill’ surrounding! Our 11:00 service continues in our air-conditioned sanctuary; a place to come and be renewed. Our VBS; for our kids to grow in an environment that is enriching and fun! Make time this June to ‘plug-in” and get “re-created” here at church. We can’t be soaring with the eagles when we’re too busy working like beavers!