Remember, Recenter, Renew

By Rev. Jason Radmacher

We’re tempted to make the winter seasons of our lives definitive, to say, “That person used to be something, but look at them now,” or “God, what did they do to get into such a state,” or “You know them, they’ve always been like that.” We make judgements in the midst of these seasons, and even though our kids know that you don’t judge a tree’s fruit in the dead of winter, we do that to people, to one another, all the time. We don’t think about what they’re going through, what they’ve been through. We say, “That person can’t do it.” Thank God, God doesn’t look at any of us like that!

me. I’m gonna move. I’m gonna take a step.”
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Putting First Things First

God speaks to the Hebrew prophet Isaiah and says, “Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant.”

It is by covenants that we live or die. Scripture says it in a thousand ways: we live by covenants or we perish. web whois . There are certain covenants that are sacred and sacramental. We participated in one this morning in which parents and sponsors of a baby committed themselves to the nurture and spiritual care of the child, and we, representing the church of future years where that family will live out its life, committed ourselves to the love and nurture of that child and of those parents.

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