January hit the midwest with a powerful one-two punch, over and over again. Plummeting temperatures, blowing snow, and treacherous roads led to many snow days, one after another. For those who are teachers or students, it might be a time for doing a victory dance. Yet, for others, for those who don’t have a steady income, who lack adequate childcare on a snow day, who rely on the meals at school to survive, or who drive older cars with many repair needs, these days can be a nightmare. Many agencies providing for those in need
also shut down because they’re largely run by volunteers. This further adds to the hardship of the snow day. As the church of Jesus Christ at Lovely Lane UMC, we are called to be the Church, even on a snow day. We can live out our faith by checking in on our homebound neighbors or by removing snow for those who struggle, especially if we’re the ones with a snow blower. Also, many of us are able to go online (from the warmth of our homes) and donate to agencies that help folks with their basic needs of food, shelter, and health. It’s easy to wrap up in a blanket and binge watch Netflix shows, yet that only serves ourselves and not others. The Apostle Paul stated in the letter to the Galatians, in 6:2 and 10: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ…. So then, let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith.” As a follower of Jesus, because of the love and grace we have received, we are called to share that love and grace with others. We can do so in tangible
ways, easing the burdens of our fellow human beings. We need only seek out those opportunities and act. I invite you to reflect on how you spent your snow days these past weeks. How might you live out your faith on such days, and every day? In our worship series, “How Do You W + 2?”, we’re challenging you to be in worship (W), to find a place to do study with others (+1), and to serve in the church and/or community (+2). Pastor Scott and I can help you find ways to plug in to these different ministries. If you go to www.lovelylane.org, you’ll find a nearly complete listing and descriptions of the many different ministries in our church. As you seek out new ways to be in ministry, I pray that you will grow deeper in your faith and ever closer to Christ.
Blessings to You, Pastor Jenny