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 Pastor's Corner

A Word from our Pastor

Dear FPC Friends,

When I was at my continuing education event, I was near the beach. If I went up on the Widow’s Walk, and placed a chair just right, I could actually see the surf pounding on the beach as I glanced through two back yards. It reminded me of home in Franklin, where some of you have narrow glimpses of the mountain skyscape.

Some at the beach have beach front property and some of you are extremely fortunate to be able to see the mountains without impediment of trees, homes and ridges. But, of course, that view comes at a price. At the beach, there is danger of storms like Florence and Michael. At home, there are steep roads and driveways to navigate and to maintain.

And there are some like myself, who, have no mountain view from their home, but we all have our favorite window and view.

My favorite is where I write my sermons every Friday, overlooking a large Maple and the squirrels and birds who make it their playground.

Is that not our view of God? Sometimes we get a rare, precious glimpse. At times, we have a season where God is clear and close. And then there are other occasions where God is not apparent at all. Yet, if we look closely there is ‘Holy’ to admire and to claim for ourselves.

We each have eyes capable of discerning the sacred.

“In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” -Psalm 95:4 & 5

With thanksgiving, your companion in Christ,