Memorial Day weekend is staring us in the face. Around here, I like to call it the “Unofficial Last Weekend of Winter”. The weather often times turns out more winter-like than summer-like. Many of us love to take this opportunity for a three day camping trip; getting out and enjoying the world that God created up close and personal. Can you imagine a camping trip with about a million of your closest friends that lasts 40 years? That kind of takes the fun out of it. Then add to it the idea of having to pack up and move the entire camp, including a whole church, every few weeks. That’s what God’s people in the Exodus had to deal with, a 40 year camping trip consisting of rambling around in a vast desert. It reminds us that our life here on earth is a camping trip as well. This is not our home, we’re just passing through, wandering around until we come to the place that God has prepared for us spend eternity, in heaven with him through faith in his Son Jesus, our Savior. So along the way we should live like campers; travel light and be ready to move when He tells us to. Don’t get bogged down with the things of this place or that, because they’ll have to be continually bundled up and hauled along, only to be left behind when we finally get to go home. Oh, and the Church should go with us, not the actual building but rather the people of God. Stay with them and invite others to join the adventure. It can be an enjoyable experience, if we keep our focus on the One who provides everything we need. Sure, there’ll be a little rain and wind from time to time, some snow and some heat. We’ll get through it together, and all of it will just make the homecoming that much more sweet.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009