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Letter From The Rector

God Bless America!

As we celebrate our country’s independence this month, I’d like to share with you (tongue in cheek) some of the things that make our country unique. These were sent to me some time ago via the Internet:

Only in America do we buy hotdogs in packages of eight and buns in packages of ten.

Only in America do pharmacies make people who are sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions, while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front register.

Only in America do people order double cheeseburgers/bacon, biggie fries, and a DIET Coke.

Only in America are there handicap parking spaces in front of the roller skating rink.

Only in America do we leave cars worth tens of thousands of dollars in the driveway, and store our junk in the garage.

Yes, there are lots of crazy things about our country, but I believe (as I’m sure you do) that America is still the greatest country in the world and that we are blessed and fortunate to be living here. We keep asking God to “bless” America (we even wrote a song about it). And God has blessed America. But I wonder if it isn’t our turn to bless America and do something good for our nation. God has (and still is) blessing us. But we need to do our part, too. There are many things that we, as Christians, can do to bless our country. We can be good citizens- we can vote, be patriotic, salute the flag, sing our National Anthem, be courteous to people, obey the laws, and pay our taxes. But there are some other things we can do as well- things of a spiritual nature. Three things we can do to bless our country are (1) pray unceasingly for it, (2) live righteously in it, and (3) evangelize it fervently. All three of these things are either found or implied in the New Testament of the Bible.

One Sunday, as they drove home from church, a little girl turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, the preacher said this morning that God is bigger than we are. He said that God is so big that He can hold the whole world in His hand. Is that true?” The mother replied, “Yes, Honey, that’s true.”

“But Mommy, the preacher also said that God comes to live inside us when we believe in Jesus as our Savior. Is that true, too?” Again the mother assured her the little girl that what the pastor said was true. Then, with a puzzled look on her face, the little girl asked, “If God is much bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t he just burst out of us?” This was a very insightful girl and she’s right! If God is inside of us, He should burst right out of us- to the outside of us and to those around us. We must constantly look for opportunities to pray, to encourage, to witness, to invite and to point people to Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only hope for anybody and for any country, including the United States of America. God has blessed us richly and now we must bless and be a blessing to this country, too. As a Christian, living in America- are you doing that?

Peace and Love,
John+

P.S. Please make every effort to keep your pledge up to date during the summer months. We may take vacations, but the bills don’t.....thank you.