The Refreshing Waters of Grace
By Rev. Cindy Marino
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14
Water serves as a powerful metaphor in scripture. Water permeates every nook and cranny over which it flows, and so God’s grace permeates our very beings. Whether that grace becomes an irritant or a source of refreshment is up for discussion, but the power contained therein is never questioned.
We will begin the new year of 2019 by diving into the Gospel of Matthew to find Jesus being launched into ministry from the middle of a muddy river. He will travel through the desert and mountains before pausing to reveal God’s kingdom at the seaside. The journey is arduous. Not everyone is equipped! But the water continues to flow and Jesus presses onward.
During Lent, we will dive deeper into those metaphors of water we find throughout the scriptures. We’ll find that even in those dry, hot, desert moments we are never far from water.
While we are on this trek of discovery, the building at Grace will be under construction! We’ll find ourselves working around plastic barriers and talking over the pounding of hammers. Glenna Holloway, author of the book of poetry entitled, Never Far from Water, provided the gift which makes a new gathering space and refurbished children’s area possible!
We will honor her memory in the space as we honor her writing with this theme of water throughout worship.
And then, as new life presents itself in the spring, we will see the fruits of the labors of many. The new gathering space should be finished by the end of April. The Children’s Center should be receiving its final touches the first week in January. There will be opportunities to contribute toward furnishings for the new spaces and for areas throughout the church, bringing this place to its fullest use in refreshing our relationships with God and others.
There’s never been a better time to test the waters at Grace!