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Reflections

Minister's Message

October 2014

October's Theme: Identity

A woman died and went up to heaven. There she met an angel who said he must ask her some questions.

“Who are you?” he asked

“I am Eileen,” she said,

“I didn’t ask what name your parents gave you,” said the angel, “I asked: who are you?”

“I am John’s wife,” she said,

“I didn’t ask whose wife you were,” said the angel, “I asked: who are you?”

“I am the mother of Tim and Jessica,” she said,

“I didn’t ask whose mother you were,” said the angel, “I asked: who are you?”

“I am a teacher,” she said,

“I didn’t ask what you did for a living,” said the angel, “I asked: who are you?”

“I am a Christian,” she said,

“I didn’t ask your religion,” said the angel, “I asked: who are you?”

What did she say? What would you say? Who are you?

This is one of the perennial spiritual questions, and one we will wrestle with this month. Who are you? How do you know who you really are? Are you trying to be something you’re not? Who are we as a community? What are we here for? What is our purpose?

These are indeed important questions.

In faith,

 

 

Stephen

 

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