Pastor’s Paragraph for October 4, 2020

Pastor's Paragraph for October 4, 2020

OCTOBER 4, 2020

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All last week our family had a long hose going under our fence, across our side yard, and ending at the curb. For six days, water slowly trickled out of the hose into the drain on the street. I watched as neighbors walked by and wondered what the hose was for; all they could see was a slow and steady trickle of water, nothing to complain about, but it made them curious. 

Unless you peek over our fence, you wouldn’t know that this trickle was slowly emptying 5,500 gallons of water from an above-ground inflatable pool, our “COVID purchase”. You wouldn’t imagine that this slow stream of water put together could fill a large swimming pool—a pool that is deep enough for kids to jump into, learn to swim, and provide hours of fun.

The pool drained so slowly that I’d go to the side of the road a few times a day to see if the hose was clogged and if it was still working. It always was. 

In Matthew 17:20, Jesus tells us that even if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move mountains. Mustard seeds are about the size of the tip of a pencil, yet that little seed will eventually grow into the largest plant in the field. I was reminded that our faith is made up of tiny mustard seeds and slow trickles. We live out our faith quietly, subtly, and in unassuming ways. The small acts grow into a lifetime of faithful service to God. Our faith is built upon many short prayers we say for our friends and family, small acts of kindness, short devotional readings, attending one worship service at a time, baking one meal or batch of cookies for someone who is struggling, helping at one event, waving to one stranger and sending one card. All of these acts alone seem small and simple, but their accumulation creates a faithful Christian life. 

So I invite us, even in this season where many of us are weary, to continue to do small, faithful acts as a way to share our faith with those around us.

Jenny Streeter

Rev. Jennifer Streeter
Pastor of Discipleship