October 8, 2008
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October 29, 2008
Dear Centenary family,
Halloween causes memories to flood back about the years when John and Emily (my now-grown children) were young. Sometimes they would pretend that I was the monster (no snickers, please) and I would growl as loudly as I could and search the house while they hid from me. As soon as I found them they would jump on this horrible ?monster? and wrestle me to the ground. John and Emily were very fine monster eradicators.
At other times the three of us would pretend that there were monsters behind doors and in the closets. Whenever we found one of those ?monsters? we would pull out a can of monstercide and spray the pest vigorously. You could call us Monsterbusters!
Behind the doors and in the closets of our lives we perceive that there are all sorts of ?monsters? out to get us. These perceived ?monsters? keep us from being the person God calls us to be. What kind of monsters control your life? Guilt? Jealousy? Envy? Anger? Addiction? Apathy? Greed? Prejudice? You get the idea. The list is endless. What is lurking behind the doors and in the closets of your life?
The naming of the monster is the first act of healing. It is not that the monster just disappears, but acknowledging the power it has in your life is the first step in asking God to give you the strength to face the monster. Is there anything that God is unable to help you confront? No! Nothing lies beyond the concern of God. Those monsters under your bed and in your closet ? God does not want you to be controlled by them.
AND? don?t forget that this Sunday is time change Sunday. Daylight Savings time will end, so you will turn your clocks back one hour when you go to bed Saturday night.
Grace and peace.
Love God. Love Others. Love Yourself. Serve.