United Church of Sun City
11250 N. 107th Ave., Ste. 105
Sun City, AZ 85351
Web site: www.uccsc.com
Facebook: United Church of Sun City
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.
Communion - 1st Sunday of each month
Healing Service - 3rd Sunday of each Month
at 11:15 a.m. in Grace Chapel
Bible Study - 11:00 a.m.
in Grace Chapel
The Pastor's Post
Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV) – “but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
I read this story in the last couple of weeks on Facebook. I have seen it before. I am sure you have, too. I recently shared it with the church council. I find it to be worthy of reflection.
On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. "One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me," said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence.
Another boy came along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, "One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me ...."
He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend, he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along.
"Come here quick," said the boy, "you won't believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls!"
The man said, "Beat it kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk." When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard, "One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me."
The old man whispered, "Boy, you've been tellin' me the truth. Let's see if we can see the Lord...?" Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.
At last, they heard, "One for you, one for me. That's all. Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done...."
They say the old man had the lead for a good half-mile before the kid on the bike passed him.
What a fun story to imagine. However, my very first thought after reading it was, do we run for the Lord or do we run from the Lord? After serving for nearly three years as your senior pastor of United Church (Thank you so much!), I have come to understand that things move at a quick pace around our church. And that’s not all bad. In fact, that can be a very good. Still, as we move along, I find it important to ponder why we do some of the things we do. Do we run for the Lord or are we running, at least at times, from the Lord? As a faith community and in our personal volunteer efforts, this is a good to consider. Are we doing what we do for the Lord? I believe I know the answer. I suggest we all keep thinking about the question. And let’s always give thanks for pecans.