It’s (still) summer!

In addition to long days and sunshine, summer brings bugs. Some, like mosquitos and fruit flies, seem to exist only to annoy us, while others like butterflies and fireflies are wondrous. Still others, like honeybees, make our existence possible.

Sometimes it is not only bugs that bug us! During worship on July 24, we spent some time sharing with God something that was bugging us. We wrote it on the back of a bug and stuck it to the sanctuary wall as a way to share it with God and let it go.

For some of us, it may feel awkward to tell God that something is bugging us, to complain to God about something or someone in our life, or to cry out to God in anguish or frustration. Yet God already knows what we think, feel, and believe about everything. As the Psalmist writes, “O Lord, all my longing is known to you; my sighing is not hidden from you,” (Psalm 38:9). Also, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways,” (Psalm139:1-3).

From the Psalmist, we also learn that it is okay to cry out to God, to complain, to tell God what is bugging us. “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!” (Psalm 130:1-2).

God is always ready and willing to listen. Sharing what bugs us with God gives us an opportunity to deepen our relationship with God and God with us. Letting go of what bugs us, allows us to love ourselves, others, and God more freely.

Thanks to the creativity of Art Club members Deb & Dennis Hink, Lorie & Lindsay Juno, Caitlin Proffitt, Adeline & Ava Schwind, Sue Buyatt & Judy Wendt, and to ALL OF YOU, our walls are now a reminder of how beautiful it can be to let go of something that is bugging us!

In joyful hope,

Pastor Christine