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A Message from Pastor Schwalbe -March  2018Pastor Schwalbe
 

 "Thy Word is Lamp unto my Feet and a light unto my path."         These are words that we have been singing before and after our gospel during Lent. It is a song many of you know. Karis, our four-year-old, has picked up the tune and was singing it last night as we sat doing a puzzle. However, she had gotten the lyrics wrong and instead was singing "Thy Word is a lump unto my feet" I must admit I didn't correct her because it was cracking me up. Later I started to think about what a different image this gives to the song. A lump? On your feet? Yikes! No one wants this. It is annoying, unseemly, it probably even hurts. But this is also how some people experience God's Word. An annoyance. I had a man recently tell me that he hated the Bible because it was so constricting and depressing. He did not want to be told what to do or to be judged. This man is probably not the only who feels this way about God's word but it is very hard for me to relate to this. While God's word may sometimes be hard to hear, for me it has always been something that shines a light on how much God loves me and on the things I could be doing to follow God more closely.  I hope that you also experience God's Word as a "lamp" and that as a follower of God you are sharing that light  so more people may come to see God not as something constricting and judging but as something loving and gracious.  

Peace, 
Pr. Nicole