Pastoral Pondering – 4-29-2016

Good morning everyone! I pray you are well and God is blessing you on your spiritual journey.  Today, I want to reflect on a moment from my recent trip to England. It was a great opportunity to bring the history lessons of Methodism to life and allowed me opportunities that I will ever be grateful for.  One particular moment that really stands out for me was when we went to Bristol and got to spend time in Wesley’s New Room. The New Room was built in 1739 by Wesley for societies that were beginning to gather in Bristol. John Wesley donate the clock pictured below to the church. It is a reminder that time

is precious. It also reminds us that we need to be mindful of being on time and keeping ourselves on schedule. Being a disciple of Christ means using the time we have been given to spread scriptural holiness across the land.

I had the honor of being called upon by my Bishop to offer a prayer as we worshiped together at the New Room. As I stood to pray I paused in silence mostly to gather my thoughts. As I stood there in the silence I could hear the ticking of the clock. As the clock ticked God overwhelmed me with the words to offer in prayer. It was a God moment and I was blessed to have that opportunity to stand in the place where John and Charles Wesley and others before me offered prayers, sermons, and the Sacraments. It was an overwhelming moment and it ministered to me in a special way.

I offer this to you today to ask you to consider how God is calling on you to offer a moment that will make a difference not just for others but for you too. God wants to share with all of us in those special moments of time the opportunities for discipleship. We need to take every moment as an opportunity to share Christ with someone. John Wesley said it best when he offered: “The best thing of all is God is with us.”

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