2023-11-12 16:29:39

2023-11-12 16:29:39

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An Ever-Burning LightAn Ever-Burning Light

The days grow shorter and shorter.  At supper’s end we turn on the lights, circles of brightness in the house.  The decks are dark now, empty of flowerpots.  Only the cacti receive illumination, light pooling outside the window.  From the deck stars seem numberless.  I watch as did the ancients, those who walked in darkness until they were given the light of hope.  Those people believed in a promise, but I have been given the light made flesh.  When I am surrounded by this deep darkness, I can better appreciate how precious the thought of light must have been.  Without streetlights or electricity, without flashlights or lanterns, their nights were black and unrelenting.  Shadows must have cast terrifying images against small fires that brought warmth and a ring of safety.  We have been given a light that continues to shine through the ages, a light born in Bethlehem and raised from a borrowed grave.  A light from Heaven returned to Heaven, a light that illuminates the past, present, and future.  Oh Lord, especially at this time of year, I thank you for the Light—a light that shines on my path here and now and leads me to a glorious future. Amen.

A New ChapterA New Chapter

After 4 wonderful years at St. George Island UMC, Pastor Brian Brightly will be retiring for the second time. Pastor Brian has been a blessing to SGI and has been the push of many successful missions that have been achieved in our community.

  1. A new after school state funded program in Eastpoint with 100 children
  2. A new family ministry at Hope Park on 159 Bear Creek Rd
  3. An expanded faith based prison ministry working with churches and over 40 volunteers
  4. A reading program for 3rd graders in Franklin Schools
  5. Continuing thrift stores in both SGIUMC and Eastpoint
  6.  A new scout initiative in Eastpoint, Carrabelle, and Apalachicola; registered as Pack #22 with 35 adults and youth.

His participation and dedication to Franklin County will be missed! Rev. Bob Tindale will be the interim pastor for SGIUMC from July to the time the church is able to select a permanent pastor. Rev. Tindale will be a great asset to SGIUMC and is very familiar with the people of Franklin County. We are excited for the change and warmly welcome him to the family.

Sand EverywhereSand Everywhere

Sand!  There is sand everywhere in my house!  When I walk on the beach wearing shoes and socks, the sand finds its way to my bare feet, nestles between my toes, and sticks to my ankles.  If I’m barefooted, I try to wash off the sand before entering the house, but the stairs have their own sandy coating, so I replace one layer of sand with another.   My carpet sometimes looks pale beige, so evenly does a sand layer coat it.  I’m reminded of the Psalmist who found God everywhere he looked—in the deepest chasm or the highest clouds.  I can better appreciate that sense of omnipresence when I think of sand—blowing, filming adhering, and surrounding me–inescapable.  I thank you, Lord for your ability to penetrate my life at every level—wherever I look and touch, you are there. Amen.