Pastor's Monthly Message

Let's Make Things Simple, August 1

For years we have indulged ourselves in the belief that our problems could be solved by the sciences. We have deluded ourselves with the idea that more knowledge, more technology and more science would provide the answers. But as valuable as knowledge and science are, they have not changed the nature of our problems, for most of the problems of man lie within the hearts of problems of human conduct and social behavior.

Although those difficulties come to us in modern dress, they are the same old problems that have always plagued mankind: greed, lust, desires for dominion over others, self-righteousness.

There Is No Cause For Panic, September 1

There are times in life when we are not sure what our next move will be, or what we should do in certain situations. It is on these occasions - when the seriousness of the difficulty and the need for a quick response makes us so uneasy, that many of us turn and run. But as Gandi said, "Panic is the most demoralizing state anyone can be in".

Through the ages men and women have panicked for many reasons, and the results have usually been very negative. Panic is a sudden, overpowering fear, and fear makes us irrational and irresponsible. It is impossible to think clearly when we are in a state of panic. To avoid this overpowering emotion, we must recognize some of the symptoms: a feeling of despair, the belief that there is no solution for our problems, the conviction that we are alone without help. Panic can occur suddenly or it can build slowly and gradually erode our common sense, leaving us stranded with our imagination running rampant.

Life's Impermanence, October 1

One of the great themes of literature has always been life's impermanence. Poets and playwrights have looked at the human condition and marveled that everything has its moment and then passes away almost beyond memory. The poet Robert Herrick, who wrote, "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may", was saying in his own way that the fresh flower of today will be withered tomorrow and dust eventually. And Shakespeare, who was quite taken with impermanence, noted, "Imperious Ceasar, dead and turned to clay, might stop a hole and keep the wind away". What is Ceasar now? In his time he could command armies with the wave of his hand. His slightest inclination became the law of Rome. His coming scattered fears and awe in the hearts of men. But now when we walk the broad plains where his armies fought, we can't even hear the echo of their trumpets. The glory that was ancient Rome is just so many ruins, a pleasant stop for tourists.