July 2016

4thDear Members and Friends;

As summer continues, we need to be constantly aware of our faithfulness to God and each other.  It’s easy to lose sight of what each of us needs to do for each other and our church because the church is always there and the people are always around. 

A few years ago there was an article by Philip Yancey in Christianity Today that I think can help to remind us about how easy it is to take things for granted.  He said:

“I remember my first visit to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.  Rings of Japanese and German tourists surrounded the geyser, their video cameras trained like weapons on the famous hole in the ground.  A large, digital clock stood beside the spot, predicting 24 minutes until the next eruption. 

My wife and I passed the countdown in the dining room of Old Faithful Inn overlooking the geyser.  When the digital clock reached one minute, we, along with every other diner; left our seats and rushed to the windows to see the big, wet event.

I noticed that immediately, as if on signal, a crew of busboys and waiters descended on the table to refill water glasses and clear away dirty dishes.  When the geyser went off, we tourists oohed and aahed and clicked our cameras; a few spontaneously applauded.  But, glancing back over my shoulder, I saw that not a single waiter or busboy – not even those who had finished their chores – looked out the huge windows.  Old Faithful, grown entirely too familiar, had lost its power to impress them. 

Few things are more quickly taken for granted than God’s faithfulness.  But few things are more important.  God’s faithfulness deserves our untiring praise and wonder.”

Interestingly enough, while the workers paid little attention to the awesomeness of old Faithful, Old Faithful has changed over the years.  Seismic activity has affected the eco-balance in the park’s subterranean water levels.  These disruptions have made the earlier mathematical relationship inaccurate, but have in fact made Old Faithful more predictable.  With a margin of error of 10 minutes, Old Faithful will erupt 65 minutes after an eruption lasting less than 2.5 minutes or 91 minutes after an eruption lasting more than 2.5 minutes. 

How often do we fail to pay attention to those things near and dear to us and they change seemly without notice?  May we always be faithful to the Lord, each other and the church.

Faithfully Yours,

Merrill   

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