Rev. Barbara E. Mosch, Pastor
P. O. Box 837
103 Turnpike St.
Milesburg, PA 16853
From Barbara’s Desk
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As a mother of three, for many years, September meant the beginning of school, a time of losses and beginnings. We said goodbye to the relaxed, mostly unscheduled days of summer. It brought a loss of freedom with necessary earlier bedtimes, a loss of time spent with my kids, a loss of special activities like swimming, picnics, and sometimes camping, and it even signaled the loss of special foods like watermelon and popsicles.
But as summer ended, new beginnings held promise and excitement. I remember well how the children looked forward to that day when they could go to the outside doors of Park Forest Elementary to see who their teacher for the next year would be and who would be in their class. Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Indian Guides and Princesses, and fall sports, like soccer, began. There was also the excitement of shopping for new school clothes and backpacks.
All of our lives are a series of losses and beginnings. They are part of the inevitable growing older we face. Moving out of parents’ homes usually contains feelings of lost security as well as stimulating opportunities like higher education, a new job or marriage. Those losses and beginnings never stop. For some, there are job changes. They necessitate saying good-bye to familiar colleagues and routines, but there are promises of new challenges. Moving to another town or state brings many of the same changes, but in a more profound way. We lose the sense of community that was so comfortable, including our doctor, dentist, grocery store, and church. There is some anxiety along with excitement, as we wonder if our new lives will be as happy. One of the most difficult changes is the loss of old friends as we age. I remember talking with my grandfather when my grandmother passed on at age 86. He said he didn’t expect there would be many people at her funeral because most of her friends were dead.
The loss of a loved one is an example for which it is hard to find a corresponding new beginning – at least in this life. That’s where we Christians have an advantage. As we experience the loss of loved ones and contemplate our own mortality, we have the uplifting promise of new life! As wonderful or as hard as our earthly lives have been, we know that through our faith in Jesus Christ, we will have eternal life in the genuine presence of God! A place where “mourning and crying and pain will be no more” (Rev. 21:4c). It doesn’t get any better than that! Let us thank God for the assurance that there will be “a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev. 21:1a) for us to enjoy someday. It makes bearing losses much easier.
If you haven’t talked with your closest friend or family members about that, it’s a good idea. Let them know your wishes for end-of-life issues. Be sure they know where your will is kept, and if you haven’t made a will, do so. It will make everything much easier for your survivors. Share with one another what you appreciate about your life and their part in it. A loss you can avoid is hearing about nice memories and qualities others have of you!
Losses and beginnings. Expect them. Share them with members of your church family. One of the great benefits of being part of a caring congregation like ours is the support you receive during changing times.
Shalom, Pastor Barbara
Scripture readings for September:
Sunday, 9/6: Jer. 28:1-4, 10-17; Ps. 119:65-72; Rom. 14:13-23; Jn. 7:45-52
Prov. 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Ps. 125; Jam. 2:1-10 (11-13), 14-17; Mk. 7:24-37
Sunday, 9/13: Jer. 32:36-44; Ps. 119:73-80; 2 Cor. 1:3-11; Jn. 7:53-8:11
Prov. 1:20-33; Ps. 19; Jam. 3:1-12; Mk. 8:27-38
Sunday, 9/20: Jer. 36:1-4, 20-32; Ps. 119:81-88; 2 Cor. 1:23-2:11; Jn. 8:21-30
Prov. 31:10-31; Ps. 1; Jam. 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mk. 9:30-37
Sunday, 9/27: Job 1:6-22; Ps. 119:89-96; 2 Cor. 8:1-6; Jn. 8:31-38
Es. 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Ps. 124; Jam. 5:13-20; Mk. 9:38-50