Marlow Methodist Church will host the service that begins at 7:00 p.m. Zion will join our friends from Powers Baptist in the service of worship with prayer, songs and Bible study. A time of fellowship/refreshments will follow the program. Everyone is encouraged to attend this multi-faith worship opportunity. For more information, contact Emma Lee Dasher at 728-3222.
The donkey looked at us with velvet eyes, his ears sticking straight up, his nose quivering with curiosity. The sun was shining warmly on his back, and tempting tufts of green were beginning to poke up through the winter-dead grass in the pasture. He had been cooped up in his little pen since the day we chose to bring him home, while we worked with him, slowly getting his trust, and teaching him that, now, we were his “herd”.
Over the past month, Hotay (as in Donkey Hotay) had learned to follow on a lead. He had learned that bucking and twisting and resisting the rope got him nowhere, and that walking nicely beside Bob earned him a tasty treat. And, when the walk was over, he returned to his pen without a fight. He had learned who was Boss.
Today was the day of the big test. If we let Hotay off the lead, what would he do? Would we be able to get him back again? Would we be able to return him to his pen for the night, or would we end up chasing him all over the pasture, trying to corner him in the field? It was time to find out. Carefully, Bob unhooked the lead rope from the halter, and we stepped back. We waited. It took a minute for Hotay to realize that there was nothing holding him back. But, when he did, look out! He jumped straight up in the air, kicked up his heels, and was off and running!
Straight across the pasture he ran at a full gallop, head thrown back, full of spirit, wind in his face! Back and forth, up and down the fence line he ran, savoring his freedom. And, we couldn’t help but laugh ourselves! His joy was catching! But, we kept our eye on him, all the time, making sure he didn’t get into trouble. And, we needn’t have worried. When he ran himself out, Hotay trotted calmly back to where we were standing, so we could rub his head, scratch his chin, and hug his neck. We knew then, that the bond between us had been set, and it felt good.
Aren’t we sort of like that donkey? Hasn’t God chosen us for his own? Hasn’t God had to work and work with us, to slowly build up trust, and set the bond between us? Haven’t we resisted, at times, not wanting to follow, but bucking and twisting and resisting his lead? “Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.” says Psalm 32:9. What a pleasure it must be for God to watch us kick up our heels, running free, full of Spirit, savoring the freedom we find only in him. How good it must feel, when we return to God of our own free will, to let him hug our necks.
During this Lenten season, may the bond between us and God become stronger. May our trust in the Lord become deeper. May we more readily take instruction, with less resistance, and less desire to go our own way. May we find comfort in knowing that the Lord knows what is best for us, that he will always lead us in the right paths, and that he keeps his eye on us. May we always joyfully return to the Lord our God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. Amen!
Looking forward to seeing you during Holy Week,
Pastor Barb <><
I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8
As we begin a new year, we would like to say thanks to the entire congregation for your continued support with all the activities we do at Zion. We invite all ladies to participate in any of our circles and WELCA activities. Please check the calendar for dates, times and places of our monthly meetings and activities. One of our continuous projects is the collection of soap for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR is already at work in Haiti. Everyone is invited to help us by keeping the “soap” basket full. The basket is located in the entrance of the education building. There is a daily global need for soap and you can help! If you would like more information about Zion’s Women of the ELCA please contact Dana Lee Smith at 728-3227.
When: February 22nd and 23rd 9am-1pm
Where: Zion Lutheran Church Social Hall
Cost is $12 for AARP Members / $14 for non members
You must attend both days to receive course certificate.
Refreshments will be provided.
Call 912-754-6051 or 912-856-0826 to reserve your spot.