Loss or Blessing

There is no promise from God that life is easy.  No words from Jesus promise that following particular rules is a recipe for happiness or salvation (whatever you imagine that to be).  In fact, the history of our faith and the everyday stories of our lives are full of struggle, pain, loss, mistakes, missed opportunities and disappointment.  Lest you find this bleak in the extreme, remember the unspeakably good promise – that God, Source of Love and Life, Goodness and Grace beyond our imagining or constructing, will always be present in the struggles.  That is the great promise.  In every struggle, there may be both loss and blessing.  We are not alone, even when our inadequate human senses seem to tell us we are.  Just like Jacob, we are changed by our struggles.  We are held, touched and blessed, though sometimes we need some distance to realize that.  Remember the words of Isaiah 43: You are precious in my sight, and I love you … and Psalm 139: You are fearfully and wonderfully made

Peace and grace to you, my precious, fearful and wonderful ones –
Pastor Carol

Voter Forum – October 23

On Sunday evening, October 23, 6 – 8 pm a speaker from the League of Women Voters will join us at IUC and step us through the pros and cons of measures on the California ballot, answer questions, and provide resources.  This is a non-partisan and community-wide event.  You will not want to miss this – and please pass the word to friends and neighbors.  Light snacks will be served.  This election year is big, and it is our privilege as citizens to vote and have a voice.  When we vote we also express faith and hope in our community and our nation, and by events like this, we participate in civil discourse.  Voting is our promise to participate.  We need to be informed.