Do you expect a sign from God similar to what is depicted in a movie? Do you long for a burning bush or a clash of thunder from the sky to tell you that the Lord is near and to give you guidance? I have to admit that when I feel lost a giant neon sign that would say, “Melissa, this is God here is what I want you to do” would be really nice.
What I have learned though after 15 years of marriage, 11 years of being a parent, and 8 years at St. Margaret’s is that the Lord gives me signs everywhere everyday that he is near. I have just had to learn to take a moment, take a breath, and look around me to see and feel his love.
Every Sunday when I come to church, I know that I am home. I know that I am in the presence of people that I love and that love me. My life has been changed in more ways than I can count, thanks to St. Margaret’s. I know that when we all take communion, we are renewed again and WE ARE ALL LOVED.
I tear up when I am able to serve wine to my St. Margaret’s family during communion, or can help set the Lord’s Table with our deacon. I tear up when I watch my children acolyte or when I watch someone that I don’t even know become baptized. I tear up because I am in awe of God’s love for us all. I tear up because I wasted so much time in the past not appreciating all of God’s blessings. I tear up because we are lucky to have each other and our church. I tear up because I AM A CHILD OF GOD. I no longer take this lightly, and I now feel an abundant need and want to reach out to those around me.
John 6: 26 says, “Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed, but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
So this I say to you, come to St. Margaret’s to get your fill of all that the Lord gives us. Fill up in the Spirit, Love, and Renewal that is St. Margaret’s. Join a prayer group, volunteer with our youth, help feed the needy, join altar guild. There is a place for us all at God’s table. We are lucky that we have one another, we are blessed to have our priests and deacons, and we are filled with the Spirit of the Lord. Jesus is the bread of life. I challenge you to share God’s love with one another!
Melissa Platt has been a member of St. Margaret’s for 8 years. She is currently serving on the Vestry and the Preschool Board. She is also on the Outreach Commission and volunteers with our youth.