Pastor's Monthly Message January 2013

A Promise of a Future

We spend a great deal of our time, especially in the church, trying to protect our past. We worry about old things being "done away" with. Certainly, we want to honor tradition and keep things of value to us as long as we can. However, sometimes our fear of losing something robs us of our enjoyment of them.

Most of us have seen people with new furniture, cars or clothes who choose not to use them much or at all because they are afraid of wearing them out. The fear is not only about the possible loss of new things or familiar possessions, but that they won't be new again. A similar situation exists in our personal relationships with loved ones.
Life is an ongoing process. It started before our birth and it will continue after we pass. In a word, life is eternal. But sometimes we become so attached to the present that we began to fear the future. It is understandable that we would like to stop life at its most pleasant moment, to cherish that time and live the happiness forever. Most brides and grooms would like to constantly experience the excitement of their wedding day, but the reality is that life must go on and there is a need to find new excitement in the routines of daily living. The purpose of life is not to hold on to a moment but move forward into the promises of the future. There is a danger in the natural desire to hold on to a pleasant enjoyable time and let it distort our vision for the future.

Life is intended to be lived. It is a training and learning experience which prepared us for a better life - a plan which calls for all things to be "done away with" so that all can become new. If we fail to understand this basic promise, then today's happiness can truly become tomorrows burden. That is what happens when parents become overprotective and try to spare the child the experiences of life for fear that it will rob them of the child. It also happens when we let the death of a loved one, or fear of it, make us bitter toward life.

The gift of love runs deep, just as God intended. It is one of the few things that last beyond this mortal existence. It is eternal, like life itself. Little wonder then that we cling to cherished moments and saddened at the loss of those we love. But that should only be a temporary sorrow, softened with the understanding that love and family relationships are only as permanent as we want them to be.

Much remains to learn about the life to come; but of this we can be sure - it will come and with it the promise of the future.