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October 2017

Posted by Deacon Bobby on October 17, 2017 0 Comments

Peggy, Lili and I just got back from Ft. Myers, FL, where we attended the wedding of my sister’s middle child, the first of her brood to get married. We were glad to see that, for the most part, damage from Hurricane Irma in the areas that we saw was limited mainly to trees and other types of vegetation. None of our family or friends who still reside in the area sustained personal injury or significant structural damage to their homes, for which we are very grateful, since we know that other places were not (and still aren’t) as fortunate. The wedding was a wonderful affair, a large Roman Catholic wedding with four priests and a multitude of family and friends from around the country. The Episcopalian (i.e., Saunkeahs) presence, while small, was mighty! The priest who delivered the homily had taught both of the newlyweds in high school, so he knew them well. He delivered a powerful message on relationships: human-to-human, between humans and God, and between Christians and the Church, the body of Christ. He reminded all of us that the one explicit command in the Gospels that Jesus himself gives us is to “Love each other as I have loved you”. That’s it. That’s the only one. That’s how this new young couple, both of whom are deeply spiritual and involved in the life and work of their church, will find joy in the good times and find their way through the rough times. Their love for God, Church and each other will shape how they respond to life’s opportunities and to life’s challenges. While most of us are not newlyweds, it’s still a good and timely reminder for all of us, as individuals and as a church. This is especially important now, as we continue in this period of transition at St. Luke’s: Love each other as we are loved by Christ.

Deacon Bobby

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