Sisters and Brothers,
Greetings in the Lord.
A week ago I was honored to be a part of the celebration the life of Patsy Fairleigh. Patsy had been a part of Schweitzer for many years and she loved God and was loved by God.
One of Patsy’s life passions was art. She was part of Studio 55, Springfield Ballet, and other arts organizations in the area. She also used art to be as part of her devotional life. On display at her funeral were several colorful word art designs she made of scripture verses, and thoughts from sermons she heard.
One of those designs came from I Peter 5.6-8: “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries to God, for he cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
All around the edges of the paper Patsy had also added, “He loves you, God loves you.”
Looking at her work and reflecting on the stories of her life it reminded me that sometimes we write notes of faith to our future selves, to be reminded of God’s good presence, provision, and truth, for times when our faith waivers, or the shifting sands of time challenge us. We need markers of faith, community markers – like the standing stones we read about in the stories of Joshua, and personal markers – like taking a text and creating something beautiful with it.
Take a moment today to write down something of God’s presence, provision, or truth. You never know when it may reappear in your life and speak volumes to the place you find yourself. You will discover it is a gift from your former self, and above all, it’s a gift from God – who does indeed – love you!
We look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. Pastor Bob has as great sermon planned, “Get out of the Boat!” You won’t want to miss it.
Blessings and much love to you,