The Messenger

Orangethorpe Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ)

Dr. Robert L. Case Pastor

"The Small Church with the Big Heart, Everyone Welcome"

2200 W. Orangethorpe Ave.

Fullerton CA 92833

(714) 871-3400

www.orangethorpe.org

occhurch@att.net

June, 2018

~~~~~ From Pastor Bob ~~~~~

The Important Things in Life

In Thornton Wilder’s play "Our Town", a young woman named Emily has died and has been given permission to leave heaven and visit briefly her little community, Grover’s Corner. The visit compels her to ruminate how fast life passes by. “We don’t have time to look at one another,” she says. Before leaving for good, she asks for one more look. Then she said, “Good–bye, good–bye world. Good–bye Grover’s Corner … Mama and Papa. Good–bye to clocks ticking … and Mama’s sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new–ironed dresses and hot baths … and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings realize life while they live it?”

Life is so precious and too short. So precious and short that we should not be wasting our time beating ourselves up with guilt or shame or wasting time worrying over the things that we cannot control. And we shouldn’t be spending so much time trying to think of ways of ‘getting back’ at someone who has hurt us.

Instead, we need to take time to rest, meditate, pray, smile, and love. Nothing is more important than life—so why do we waste so much of our time on those things that are negative and destructive? Each second is a new second in which you can constantly start over. Each second is an opportunity to look for ways to slow down, be aware of others and to look for ways to show them that you care.

Every Monday night (at our feed the hungry program) I am very much aware that I cannot help everyone nor can I solve everyone’s problems but I can listen. I can listen to what is going on in their life—what their problems and difficulties are. I might not be able to solve their problems but I can let them know that someone cares for them.

In my over 40 years of ministry I have discovered that it’s not so much the sermons or the Bible studies that make a difference. It’s the willingness to reach out to others in a loving and caring way. I may not have taken every opportunity I had to do that but every second I have a new opportunity to do exactly that.

In the end, I think the only question that God will ask is “did you love others as I have loved you?” Right this second, let us look for opportunities to put our love to work.

See you in Church this Sunday and may God bless, Pastor Bob