“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” Paul’s words set us free from the terrible grip of knowledge and righteousness. Not one of us knows the depths of the Father’s love. Not one of us lives up to our awesomecalling. I am overwhelmed by the healing God has touched me with in my life as He has brought me through the agony of depression. And yet even with my experiences, Paul tells us that we do not know the fullness of theFather’s love or who He truly is. Our God, Father and Son and Holy Spirit, cannot be imagined. Our God is love and what that means is still to be revealed even as our hearts are filled with the Spirit’s gifts of faith and hope and love every day. The only knowledge we can rely on is the darkness of faith. The only law we live by is love.
Our time in Japan has been good. Lilia goes to an Anglican international school where the classes are in English but she is also learning Japanese. Molly is learning scientific techniques from her Japanese colleagues. And I am visiting Shinto shrines and temples, preaching a little at a small Anglican community here in Kobe, and slowly picking up the language with the help of my Google Translate app. You all are in my thoughts every morning in prayer and I look forward to being with you again in about five weeks!
This month, please take time to think about how much Grace means to all of us and to you. Take time to make Grace even more a part of who you are by making our church your church. Volunteer for a position helping out on Sundays, make a pledge of financial support to help us with our annual budget, or send me a note about an idea you have come up with to add to the life of our family.
Your service is needed. Habitat for Humanity is helping with a new bedroom and bathroom for Vinny Kastar, but some volunteer hands are needed. The work is done on Thursdays and Saturdays. Please let Katie know if you can lend a hand.
Grace needs your help. We are looking for a few adults to supervise the nursery during our worship. The supervisors do not need to be in the room, but should be available to the kids who are volunteering to monitor the nursery if the monitors need guidance or assistance. Your service will not keep you from participating in worship and will make it possible for our parents to share in worship with us more attentively. Let us know if you are interested in helping out or learning more.
Do you have dreams for our church? Have you had an idea you wish you could try out on our congregation? Talkto me. Grace is your church. Let’s make it what you need it to be.
As always, I am here for you and want to hear from you. Send me an email and we can chat… I look forward to corresponding with you.
With faith and hope and love,