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May 2018: "The Courage to Love and the Busy Month of May"

Dear Friends in Christ,

What's Coming in May

We'll jump right into the month of may with Homecoming on the first Sunday, May the 6th, Mothers' Day on the 13th, and on May the 20th we'll celebrate The Day of Pentecost, when the church is born in the power of the Spirit. Then on the 27th we'll celebrate Memorial Day, when we call to remembrance those men and women in the military who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and the freedom of others. We've asked Lieutenant Ashley Hine to be our speaker for that service. A child of the church here at Rehobeth, she worked hard for years to become a medical doctor, attended Officer Development School, and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Navy as a Doctor, and will be discharged from that duty this August. She will then be working for the Department of Defense in Norfolk in a medical capacity and will at the same time study nutrition under the GI Bill at NC State University. We welcome her home as this year's Memorial Day speaker. Every Sunday is special, and especially so in May!

The Arduous Task of Packing and Moving

Throughout the month of May, my wife Linda and I will continue packing our possessions in preparation for retirement. As many of you know from your own recent moves, that's an exhausting task, so keep us in your prayers! And pray for your new clergy family that will arrive in July.

The Courage to Love

I love the fact that Jesus tells us in Scripture that it is the love we have for one another that marks us as his disciples. It is a love that finds its origin in God's love for each of us, and finds expression in the acts of kindness, compassion, foregiveness, and mercy we extend to each other and to those who have yet to become part of the family of God. It is in God's love for us that we find the courage to love others. It's an easy thing to love only when it is easy to love. It's quite another thing to find the courage to love when all odds are against it. I recently read something Mother Theresa once said: "We have drugs for people with diseases like leprosy. But these drugs do not treat the main problem, the disease of being unwanted. That's what my sisters hope to provide. The sick and poor suffer even more from rejection than material want. Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty."

There are people in every community who, though they may not have a disease like leprosy, also feel unwanted and rejected, who suffer emotional or spiritual hunger, loneliness, or shame over the sin in their lives, and who feel that even God couldn't possibly love them. They may look just like you or me, and their need may not be all that apparent. But on closer examination, they have a deep need to be loved, acknowledged, perhaps forgiven, most certainly embraced. Jesus tells us that it is we who are his family who are called to have the courage to love. When people fall on hard times of one kind or another, they expect rejection. How powerful it is when instead they find love, encouragement, mercy, and forgiveness. Continue to hold fast to the love of God for you - and through you for others - and the Body of Christ at Rehobeth will continue to thrive!

Yours in the service of Christ and the Church,

Bob

   
   
   
 
 
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