Onaway United Methodist
Sunday, February 18, 2018
A church with Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Pastor's Letter

I have friends - who are married to each other - and they LOVE Valentine's Day. She labors in front of the card display to get the perfect card. He agonizes over picking jus the right flowers (not the same as last year's) and wondering if they have arrived. One or the other stakes the claim to cooking dinner, but I don't know why as they both end up in the kitchen cooking dinner. And, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if they ate by candlelight and music. Yeah, they are those people. 
Todd and I don't do that. In fact, Todd is usually at a fishing tournament. I can't tell you the last time I got flowers or the last time we ate by candlelight....oh wait - we lost power a few years ago and I'm sure we ate something then by the romantic glow of emergency candles. But, here is what I can tell you - Todd understands that I usually need a nap on Sunday afternoons. Todd put his laundry this morning because he knew it was irritating me. Todd let me pick the movie last Friday - a chick flick which he suffered through. And, Todd walked into the bathroom as I was getting ready this morning to kiss me goodbye. I knew he was coming because he was singing the JAWS theme song, which made me smile. He is not perfect, but I love him; and, I am not perfect either, but, thankfully he loves me back. 
We have a God who LOVES His creation, every day of the year. He is the God who sees the trials and tribulations. He is the God who laughs and dances at our joy. He is the God who provides for our needs. He is the God who loves us without restrictions, boundaries, and failures. He is the God who made a way to redeem us. He is that kind of God - the One and Only. 
I invite you in this month of love to focus on the One who loves you totally and passionately, just as you are. Let His love define you, motivate you, renew you, and draw you to Him. He won't let you down or stand you up. He won't forget your birthday or the kind of food you like. He won't ignore you or leave you behind. He is that kind of God - the One and Only. 
Pastor's Challenge - Let us memorize - Psalm 13:5, "But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation."
May your JOY be outrageous,

Pastor Carmen Cook