Pastor’s Message

Reaching out from Grand Lake Community Chapel

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Let us rejoice in the bright sunshine that greets us this morning (as it did yesterday!), and let us be glad for the shimmering snow that covers the ground and presents us with a magnificent vista on this first day of February. And let us rejoice with our brothers and sisters who enjoy skiing and snowshoeing and snowmobiling, for they are glad for enough snow to indulge their wintertime recreation! It seems as if we’re finally having winter, with crisp, cold air and snow on the ground. While we’re celebrating the joys of the season, let’s keep in mind and prayer those hard-working folks who drive the snowplows that keep our roadways clear and safe; and let’s be mindful of how difficult it can be to drive one of those big rigs, and give them a wide berth.

On the first day of a new month, a fresh start is ours to claim. We’re now a month removed from Christmas and New Year’s, and our eyes are set on Groundhog Day and the upcoming Season of Lent. But something else should be on our planning calendars; FUN!! More specifically, recreation. It’s so easy to get caught up in the endless litany of things to do, to get wrapped up in list after list of tasks and activities that dominate our lives; not too many of us are intentional about putting recreation on those lists, and we should be. Do you remember the old saying “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?” And not to be sexist, “all work and no play makes Jane a dull girl?” There’s a great deal of wisdom in those simple words – we all need to step away from duties and tasks, so that we can be refreshed and strengthened for what is to come next. Even God rested after the work of Creation was finished, so who are we to never take a break? So we urge you to be intentional about adding recreation to your “to do” list, however you define “recreation.” It could be a walk in the snowy woods, an exhilarating run down a ski hill, or a day spent wandering around someplace you haven’t been before, or curling up with a good book or a favorite movie; maybe even a trip to somewhere warm! The point is that each of us needs a bit of break, in each and every day, to let our minds wander and our bodies recover. There’s nothing at all dishonorable or lazy about play, but if that word troubles you, then replace it with RECREATION! And follow the lead of Almighty God, and give yourself a break!!

Blessings to you!

Karen and Greg

Home: (989) 474-9116, Cell: (734) 502-5969 / /

And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while,” for there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. Mark 6:31

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