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I Need You

“Mama, I need you. “ A phrase I hear quite often lately that comes out of the mouth of my three year old daughter.  There is nothing quite like the feeling of being needed, especially from a cute little red headed girl.  (My personal favorite is when she “needs” to snuggle).

Interestingly enough, the word “Need” has a long history with my daughter and I that she does not know about.  The day she was born, was beautiful and yet completely chaotic.  Many things went wrong, but through it all I experienced a closeness to God that I will be forever grateful for.  Throughout it all, one worship song played constantly in my head, over and over again. “Lord, I Need You.”  I did need Him, desperately…..

Lord I come, I confess
Bowing here, I find my rest
Without You, I fall apart
You’re the one, that guides my heart

When we got over one hurdle, and then experienced another….

Lord, I need You
Oh, I need You
Every Hour I need You

God’s steadfast presence and love got me (and her) through it all.  I needed Him in a way I never had before and it was then and there I realized that I should be doing a better job of proclaiming that I need Him every single day, for without Him I am nothing. 

Ever since that day, this song has popped up when I need it the most.  When I am struggling with a decision, a relationship, or a beyond cranky three year old, this song is on the radio, lyrics in the form of an image somewhere, or played at modern worship service.  A constant gentle reminder that I need God. 

It seems so simple, yet I often forget it’s importance. God I need You.

When was the last time you told God you needed Him?

Listen To “Lord, I Need You” by Matt Maher Below

Blessings,
Lorie Richards
Multi-Media Coordinator
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Way Too Much…

I’ve always been one who embraces the New Year.  There’s something about turning the page from one year to the next that gives me space to reflect on the year gone by and plan forward into the new one.  Most years, I identify some goals or resolutions.  Some year’s I’ve embraced a Word of the Year as a more “portable” way for me to live into change.  This year, I am trying something new: I will be using the story of Martha and Mary to shape how I live in 2017.  

Do you remember their story from Luke 10:38-42?  Jesus comes to their home and Martha is “worried and upset” by “all the preparations that had to be made” (emphasis mine - aren’t there so many things we just “have” to do?  How easy it is for us to be “worried and upset” about all those “have-to-do’s” and “must-get’s”).  One of my favorite artists, He Qi, illustrates the balance between being and doing here.  His image and their examples continually remind and challenge me to remember that being with Jesus must take precedence over doing for Jesus.  The latter should rightfully flow out of the former: be with and then do for - a truth I too quickly get turned around.

That’s my challenge for 2017; what is yours? 

For the next several weeks, we will be embarking on a new sermon series called “Way Too Much…” that will explore how God might be inviting us - collectively and individually - to live in the New Year.  In one sense, I suppose it will be about identifying resolutions.  But, more than that, this series will be about discovering the God who loves us exactly the ways we are…and yet, loves us way too much to let us remain the same.  This is the year we “turn our eyes upon Jesus” - the One who is “making all things new” (Revelation 21:5).

We look forward to seeing you (and the friends you invite!) on Sunday mornings for this new series.  But before I go, I want to leave you with a parting story Pastor Kevin once told me about a parishioner he once served.  The wise, old farmer had a tractor that, “couldn’t push a darn thing.”  But, the farmer went on to say, that old tractor could pull out anything that was stuck in the muck.  

That’s the heart of the Christian journey, isn’t it?  We try so hard to push and make changes ourselves (see Martha's poignant example).  We struggle and strive to get out of “the muck.”  And, all to often, we fall short - to which anyone who has ever made (and failed) a New Year’s Resolution can attest. 

Give yourself permission for this year to be different.  No more striving.  No more pushing.  This year, we’ll choose Jesus and we’ll follow him as he pulls us out of the muck into new ways of living.

I’m excited to discover what that will mean for you, for me, and for Fishers UMC in 2017.  Because, at the heart of it all, is the God who loves you…exactly the way you are…and yet loves you way too much to let you remain the same.  

See you Sunday, my friends.  Happy New Year!

Pastor Jared Kendall
Associate Pastor
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