You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

What are the real “marching orders” of our faith?  I think there are three.  The big one in both Hebrew and Christian teaching is “find the Holy,” though you won’t be told specifically how to do that.  Moses wasn’t.  God just said, “I will be with you.”  Jesus just said, “Follow me,” even though the consequences may be dire.  There are two more, again, in both testaments, which are maybe a bit more specific, but still open to interpretation: (1) “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength” (2) “…and your neighbor as yourself.”  How to live out those marching orders with integrity is a matter of our individual faith.  And what’s the authoritative source for our marching orders – God?  Jesus?  Scripture?  All can be remarkably unclear.  But at some level each of us discerns in our heart how we are called; what we “gotta do.”

Last Sunday it was creating hygiene kits for Church World Service to send to flood victims in Houston on our behalf.  It was holy, neighbor-loving work.  Special thanks to assembly crew Machiko, Helen, Doris, Maritza, Rowe and Tim – plus all the contributors who cleaned out every hand towel, and bar of soap for miles around.  You know, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Find the Holy —
Pastor Carol

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