Proper 19: Jesus & God


Picture of First UMC in York, NE.  I took this last Wednesday after Bible study!

Hi Everyone,

Today was another Sunday at First UMC here in York, and it was another Sunday celebrating Jesus in our lives.  Rightfully so, Jesus should be the center of our lives, as praise to the Son gives glory to the Father.

Today, I was reminded that Jesus is our Shepherd, the voice of God (very much the Word).  Also today I was reminded that God has a specific, Eternal plan for all of us.

Meaning, he has a plan for each of our lives for good – a great plan.  A plan we can’t mess up.  As Pastor Penny taught us a few weeks ago at First Christian Church, we can’t see the scroll of our lives until we get there, so we should trust God.  We were reminded of something similar of that today.  Pastor Art told us, as Jesus knew how the story was going to end in his crucifixion, death, and resurrection for the good of all, God and Jesus know the plan for each of our lives.  We should trust our Heavenly Father that He knows what’s good for us.

The Father revealed to Jesus the plans for his life, and now the Father reveals the plans for our lives to Jesus.  We can’t see the overall plan for our lives; we just see the immediate plan/consequences.  We should trust God!  God’s plan stretches as far as our entrance into Heaven and our Resurrection!  His plan includes Eternity!

So what does this mean for my life?  For your life?  God only implements plans of goodness.  So while he does not cause bad things to happen, he might use them to build us up to be better people or to use it to better our lives somehow.  My life, for example, includes an eviction from last August and dealing with health issues such as functional hypoglycemia and really bad migraines.  While I know God’s plan includes not one of disaster, I know he uses these bad experiences to build on His plan for me.  I’m hoping his future goals for me include becoming a pastor in either the United Methodist Church or Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and to raise a strong and wonderful family between Jacob and I.

I also pray that God’s plan for the United Methodist Church includes total inclusion for the queer community (across the whole of the church).  The church’s board will decide this in February of 2019, so we’re all praying and hoping that the board will hear Jesus’ message of inclusion and unmerited love for all, including our queer siblings of God.

To this we hope.  God, in your mercy, hear our prayers.  And may your plan include hope for me and everyone else in the Holy, Universal Church.

Alleluia and Amen.

Leigh Todd

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