Blessings from Chuckatuck on the next wave of winter to hit southern Virginia and much of the country. It was a beautiful week with spring-like temperatures only to wake up to 20s-30s today. But the winter snap didn’t deter us at all. We have had the Boy Scouts (Scouts?) starting an Eagle Scout project for us, the Diocese had its annual Council, and we have continued to celebrate our life and ministry in Suffolk. It has been a busy week with contractors scoping work on the chimney and soffits in the Parish House but no huge things yet. We were blessed to have Gary and me at Council to hear about some “new” ideas (that capitalize on what it means to be a Parish) and where we, as a Diocese, are looking as we move forward.

As we approach the end of the season after the Epiphany, we hear stories in worship about how God calls and reaffirms the calls placed on our lives. Sometimes God comes to us like the story of Isaiah – with great pomp and grandeur that takes our breath away. Sometimes God comes to us in the assurance that there is something “over there” that we’ve missed – fish in abundance that were missed all night. We are reminded that the story doesn’t change over time, just how we see and comprehend God working through us. God tells us again, not because we don’t hear but because we forget. God invites us to appreciate God in new ways, all the while looking for God in a different manner or form. How have you experienced God’s presence and call (recall) recently?

I invite your comments,

Readings: Isaiah 6:1-13; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11

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