Pastor's Paragraph for August 5, 2018

AUGUST 5, 2018


Every day I ask myself, “Which way do I go?” Being new to a community is an everyday experience of learning new things and meeting new people. What is the fastest way to get to the church from the parsonage? Is this the Carlisle Pike or Carlisle Road? Is this really north? 

Several years ago I had the privilege of addressing a baccalaureate service. There I stood in front of a graduating class of students who were facing much larger and more impactful questions than north or south? They were facing questions and being asked to make choices that would effect them possibly in the long term. Sure, many choices they make could be altered, changed and even reversed but some poor choices they would make would always be with them. 

Even after a few years of life it amazes me how long the choices we make can effect us. There are so many everyday choices that have almost no effect on our day – they have become routine and we almost do not notice as we go about our day. And yet, there are long lasting choices too. 

As I stood there facing those who were in cap and gown I offered deep theological words…I quoted a favorite passage from Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. There is a point where Alice interacts with the always smirking Cheshire Cat as he sits perched in a tree. 

“Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?” 

The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?” 

“I don’t know,” Alice answered. 

“Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?” 

There is truth there. That if you do not where you want to go it matters not what road you take or direction you go. Yet, most of us do know where we are going and where we want to be. And still occasionally I don’t….that is when I am glad I am in community. Surrounded by, as we say at CHUM, “a community of ordinary people in the presence of an extraordinary God learning to love as we are loved.” 

As you face choices, never underestimate that understanding, the community of CHUM is with you and the God that loves us is with you. For that I, and I believe you, are thankful. 

Pastor Gary Weaver