Pastor’s Message 4/27/17

Pastor’s Message 4/27/17

One of my favorite pass times is walking. I do it partly for health reasons. It helps lower blood pressure, it is good for the mind, muscles and your state of mind. But the primary reason I enjoy walking, whether on the bike path or in the mall on cold or wet days is that I meet all sorts of people. As I write this I am thinking of all the people I met today. It was a cold and wet so it was off to the mall. I saw teens, older adults, women and men. I saw people stop to browse in a store. I saw people working in the food court. I saw security personnel. I saw people who were hired to keep the mall clean. I saw Hispanic, Black, Asian, one Native American family, etc. I stopped to visit with a man from Israel and we talked about all the places I have been in his country. He was an Israeli Christian. I spoke to several Muslim women. I am convinced I met several who would not profess a religion. There were some affluent persons and I know there were some who didn’t have two nickels to rub together. Their ethnicity, religion (or lack of), their financial situation, etc. make no difference. Their name is simply “Child of God.” Not one person was ever created by anyone other than God. Hence, they all deserve our respect and our kindness. We are called to treat all persons as if they were Jesus in the flesh. Remember, He was homeless, spit on, kicked, beaten and crucified. The next person you see, say silently, “There goes Jesus.”

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