DEVOTIONAL FOR SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2013

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Life in the kingdom”

Our Bible verse for today: “For the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body – so also is Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free- and we were all made to drink one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

Our thought for today:

Have you ever seen the first “Star Wars” movie? Do you remember the scene where Hans Solo and Chewbacca are in “the Star Wars bar”? It was an inter-planetary bar where creatures from all over the solar system went to hang out and have a few cold ones. The really interesting thing about the scene was the incredible diversity of beings that were there. They were big and small, green and purple, some had two heads and three arms, and others had one eye and long tails. They came in every imaginable shape, size, and description.

Sometimes the church reminds me of that bar. What an odd collection of individuals we are. Tall and short, rich and poor, black and white and brown and yellow, funny and serious, introverts and extroverts, and everyone of us with quirky little personalities that some find amusing and others find irritating. And yet, somehow, it works. Somehow we manage to get along and work together. In fact, it’s the diversity that makes us strong and vital and interesting.

Years ago John Ortberg wrote a wonderful little book entitled “Everybody is Normal (Until you get to know them)”. His point was that once you get to really know people you discover that nobody is normal – we’re all a little screwed up. But that’s ok. It’s the screwiness that makes us unique.

Isn’t it funny how God can bring together a bunch of people who are so vastly different and yet so closely knit together? That’s what a good church family is like. Part of the adventure of life in the kingdom includes making the journey through this world with a band of brothers and sisters who are like you in some ways, different in others; who are sometimes helpful, and sometimes maybe not so much; who sometimes make you laugh, and at other times make you want to scream; but people who love you, are fun to be with, and who make the journey so much more interesting than if you were making it alone.

Yes, sometimes the church gathered together can look a bit like an odd collection of space aliens. (I’m reminded of that every time I look in the mirror and realize I have more hair growing in my nose and ears than I do on my head!) But just think what the journey would be like without the oddballs you call your church family. We would be much poorer in terms of relationships, support, and fun.

Will you gather with your church family this weekend? I hope you will. If you don’t, that scene will be missing one of those quirky characters that make it unique and special.

God Bless, Pastor Jim

 

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