Pastor Hal

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Can we make a difference?

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts.
May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, hunger, and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done, to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
-A Franciscan Blessing
All around us we are bombarded by things that are telling us to seek stability, ease, comfort. Commercials tell us about the latest gadget to make life more comfortable, easier-because, after all, you deserve it.  
As we live longer, we have been exposed to more, we have seen more. Instead of getting better, it just seems like the world just keeps getting worse. People get more and more unresponsive to the causes around us. There are just so many. 
There is so much pain around us. If we allow ourselves to feel everyone’s pain, we fear we would be overwhelmed with their pain. How can we comfort them all? It is too much.  Can we make a difference? Or, have we come to believe that the world is not interested in what we have to offer? Are we foolish enough to believe that we can still bring the light of the life of the Lord into the world and make a real difference? Or have come to think that God just doesn’t seem to work that way any more? 
As a church, are we willing to ask God to use us to affect the Estes Valley for the Kingdom as we begin our Fall programming again? Would you pray with me for God to use the HUB, CBS, relationships in Ping Pong, choir, small groups, and our other activities and you to reach our neighbors for Jesus this year?
Pastor Doug