Dear Glen Mar friends,
VBS prep is in full swing around here and we are PUMPED about it! I was thinking today about Tyler, a 4 year old parishioner from a church I pastored before Glen Mar. Tyler would raise his hand enthusiastically during Children's Time and always had something interesting to say. Once, he raised his hand and said, "I know who YOU are." I said, "I hope so, Tyler." He said, "No, really...I know who you REALLY are." And he leaned forward and whispered, "You are JESUS, aren't you?" I smiled and said, "No, I'm not Jesus but I'm a follower of his, just like you." And Tyler said, "But...you love us! Just like Jesus! And help us feel better when we are scared or sad. Like Jesus! And you say, God loves you...just like Jesus! Plus, you wear a robe!"
I tried to convince him I was not Jesus and he finally said, "OK, OK, fine" and then when he was walking back to his seat, he turned around and winked at me, as if to say, "We both know you ARE Jesus." (I love my job, by the way).
Tyler may have been mistaken about my name, but he was sort of on to something too, right? People ought to say we remind them of Jesus in the way that we act, in our priorities, and the way that we welcome and love one another.
This weekend, we will gather at the Lord's Table to worship the one who calls us all to come and dine, the one who calls us, not just to praise him but to follow him too. I know many are away, but if you are in town, I hope you'll come worship with us. You'll be so glad you did. I'm preaching on a particularly great part of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. And no...I didn't write THAT sermon, that was Jesus. No matter what Tyler says.
See you in Church,