We will be commending our sister, Cecilia Gelardi, to God this Saturday, during her memorial service at 1 PM here at OSA. She was a longtime resident of Bennett Ave, and loved to work in the garden. So, please join us and her friends as we say farewell.
I remember a moment during my training as a pastor when I was a hospital chaplain. I was called to a death in the ICU, a tragic one, an accident of some kind. I met the doctor there, who was signing some paperwork. He heard I was a chaplain, and he looked over and he said, “People don’t understand. Every day is a gift. It’s a gift.” And he walked away.
I think about that moment a lot. Is today a gift or a grind? What do you feel when you wake up in the morning, when you go to sleep at night, if you can sleep at night? Do you hope something for today, do you wish for something, do you look forward to something, do you dread something? Every day is a gift, just like every person, and as we say goodbye to those who have died, we also say goodbye to the days they have lived, the stories they could tell.
I hope, then, that we also take care to count the days we have been given—count them because every one is a gift. The old song is right: the future is not ours to see. It is ours to dream and to build as best we can, but the twilight of everything still comes. It is best, then, to give over what we have to the time that we have, and leave the rest to God.
This God, we Christians believe, gives also the resurrection of the dead. This is the sunrise that comes to a day that does not end, to joy that we simply can’t imagine. This is also part of accepting every day a gift—the life with God is also God’s gift, and in accepting our days’ possibilities and opportunities and delights, we taste the possibilities of the resurrected life.
Here are some things to consider doing with us:
Meet up for the Pride March after church on Sunday. We’ll have a quick lunch and then head downtown. Don’t forget sunscreen and water!
Vote for our BBQ Book Club book [here] .
Don’t forget that we move to
10 AM worship beginning July 7th!
Yours in Christ,