October 25 Reflections

When I was growing up on a farm near Sheldon, the habit of being an early riser was formed. I loved getting up early, even as a young child, having coffee and then going out to do chores before breakfast and school. To me it was fun milking the cows in the early morning with the opportunity to be outside in all sorts of weather. My dad always had one channel on the radio playing music and updating the news and weather, with the agriculture report. Your friend in the Midwest, WNAX. I did not necessarily care for the music because it was all Country Western. Now I know many of you love Country Western and I affirm you in that, but the reality is that I don’t. We can allow each other the space to self-define, to say what we like and don’t like. But I do remember Johnny Cash and the “ring of fire” and Hank Williams “I’m So Lonesome I could cry.” The song had a melancholy feel that spoke into any loneliness that you might be feeling. It really could bring tears to your eyes.

 

Hear that lonesome whippoorwill

He sounds too blue to fly

The midnight train is whining low

I’m so lonesome I could cry

 

I’ve never seen a night so long

When time goes crawling by

The moon just went behind the clouds

To hide its face and cry

 

Did you ever see a robin weep

When leaves begin to die

That means he’s lost the will to live

I’m so lonesome I could cry

 

The silence of a falling star

Lights up a purple sky

And as I wonder where you are

I’m so lonesome I could cry

 

     There are times the brokenness of life can lead us to intense loneliness. An accident…a diagnosis…a deep loss…a failure…a mistake…a rejection can invade our lives with a deep sense that we are all alone. And yet a truth in the basics of life with Jesus is that I belong to Jesus Christ. What is our only source of strength in life and death? That I am not my own but belong body and soul, in life and in death to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, says the Heidelberg Catechism. I belong to Jesus. I am never alone. He has said I will never leave you nor forsake you. I am with you always until the close of the age. We are going to think on Sunday about basics in life with Jesus by reflecting together on what it means to belong to Jesus. Some passages to read and reflect on: Romans 14:1-9; Luke 15:11-24John 10:27-30.

Grace upon Grace,

Pastor Verlyn