Mid -summer Sunday : blistering hot, dry days unroll daily but finally, today, rain is in the forecast . And so I go with flow and let the service unroll and bring me out of my reverie. Today, numbers are smaller, but yet we connect with our guest Minister .
Our first hymn reconnects me with my high school days at Morning worship-- "How sweet the name of Jesus sounds" ---as lovely today as it was back then and it still is . But it is the message " Finding "The Way " that stirs me .
Based in John 13.33-35, 14 ;1-7, we are reminded how many times we have had the "lost way experience"--taking the wrong turn ,confusion at different points of life, that spiritually lost feeling-- yea ! Can identify! Jesus' disciples certainly were in that same place of "the lost feeling" and then Jesus pointedly declares "I am the way ,no man comes to the Father ,but by me ." The early Christians were called "People of the Way". But how can we find this "Way "? Perhaps ,it really is a combination of faith and trust in God, a belief in a God who leads us out of the confusion, gives us clarity and "has our back".
Yet, it is even a little more --Love may just be The Way -- Love is from God, love is God and God is Love . So finding the Way must be encased in Love . So when we are reminded to come and follow Christ , we must first come ---with complete Love --Love for God ,whom we cannot see and Love for our neighbour whom we can see.