Reaching Out from
Grand Lake Community Chapel
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Greetings in Christ!
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Let us rejoice in near spring-like temperatures, and let us rejoice that the weather forecast for the next several days points the way inexorably to the arrival of spring on March 20th. Which coincidentally will be Mr. Rogers Day!!
The gentle, kind message of Mr. Rogers, a Presbyterian minister, is sorely needed in our world today. His signature song, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” that opened every show of “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” expresses a simple, but powerful, sentiment; we are all neighbors, regardless of how far distant we are from somebody else. This means that Ukraine is our neighbor, Russia is our neighbor, and all the nations of the world are our neighbors. We don’t always agree with our neighbors, we don’t always like them very much, and sometimes we’d really rather they mind their own business; that’s equally true whether our neighbor is right next door, or on the other side of the world. Our neighbors in Ukraine need our help, our neighbors in Russia need our collective arm around their shoulders pointing out that they’re not being very good neighbors right now, and our neighbors in other parts of our own country need our support – not our ridicule. Each of us can contribute to ending the vitriol by adopting a more Mr. Rogers-like approach to those around us; we can turn down the volume a bit when sharing our opinions, and we can be more intentional when we listen. Much of what Lent offers us is the opportunity to reassess our worldview; and if we remember that we’re all neighbors, if we hear again (or hear for the first time) the words of Mr. Rogers’ immortal song, perhaps we can move this huge neighborhood that is the planet Earth in a positive direction. And if you have any doubt about who your neighbor is, we refer you to Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)….
“So, let’s make the most of this beautiful day. Since we’re together we might as well say: Would you be mine? Could you be mind? Won’t you be my neighbor? Won’t you please? Won’t you please? Please won’t you be my neighbor?”
With our love in Christ,
Karen and Greg
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:36-37
From the Desk of
TOBY THE CHURCH DOG
Hello my friends!
I’m not one of those “lay-abouts;” I leap out of bed when my dad’s alarm goes off in the morning and keep him company as he goes downstairs. Mom seems never to hear his alarm; I’m concerned that she may have a hearing problem. Dad is so good to me! He opens the door for me to go outside, AND lets me back in! He even fills my food and water dishes so they are waiting for me when I come inside after I’ve done what I had to do—if you know what I mean… Then I cuddle with Dad in his chair; and possibly, now and then, try to dip my tongue into his coffee mug. It rarely works though… Then I go back upstairs and settle in next to Mom until she wakes; sometimes I can get in a pretty good nap!
Do any of you like to take naps? I love cozying in for a little power nap, especially on a chilly winter’s day! All I need is a spot to stretch out, or snuggle in, depending on the temperature. I’m happiest when a blanket or pillow are left lying about and I’m snug as a bug in a rug! I’m even happier when it is dark outside and I hear my parents calling, “Toby, it’s bedtime!” That means it’s time for me to wake from my diligent guarding of my house and family, and to bound up the stairs to the bed that I allow my parents to share with me. Pretty smart, too; don’t you think?
I’m told that I’m quite cheerful in the morning, beginning the day with a positive energy and hopefulness. I always greet my loved ones with kisses and cuddles, and a wagging tail (and body). If my family seems willing, I even offer my tummy for some belly rubs! Then, I give out some more cuddles and kisses, and race for one of my favorite toys to share. Nothing like a little play time to get one’s day going in the proper frame of mind!
You know, we have every reason to begin and end our days with joy in our hearts, because that is where Christ lives! We are told that He makes His home there through faith. How wonderful it is to live in His love every day!
Wishing you warmth, great fun, and lots of joy!
With love from your Church Dog,
That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love. Ephesians 3:17
Wishing you joy and peace in your day! Remember, God’s got this.