Anchors ‘the way’

Let me begin by thanking everyone for making Marie and I feel very welcomed here. We so appreciated the way you made our children and their families feel so comfortable and at home on that first Sunday. You made such a good impression with our children that they are marking dates on their calendar as to when they can come again! So, let me say again, THANK YOU! All the Brink family looks forward to getting to know you better and ministering with you.

Transitions are very interesting times. There is always an underlying tension between what we have been accustomed to and the newness of the situation. Being in tension is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is something we need to be aware of. Part of that tension is generated from the emotions that can arise during the transition. Our emotions can vacillate anywhere from excitement and joy to frustration and even anger. Swings in emotions are common when change happens. Even if it is just a subtle change, it unleashes a reaction and we become emotionally involved with it. When this happens, we need to remember to be gracious in our interactions with one another.

I shared with you on my first Sunday, that during transitions, it is helpful if we have something consistent to hang onto until the “new” breaks in and we are comfortable with it. One of the anchors that I suggested we could hold onto, is the knowledge that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Even when things change around us and it feels so different, we can find comfort in knowing that the One who has called us, does not change! As an aside, I want to point out that the writer of Hebrews does not say the “church” is the same yesterday, today and forever. Christ is constant, the faith community following Christ will always be changing.

A suggested second anchor for us during this time of transition is to remember the promise which Jesus gave all disciples then and now: “…surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b) Regardless of what the future holds for us, we know that we encounter it together with Jesus the Christ! We do have consistency during this time of change — it is the presence
of Christ.

A colleague of mine has described transitions times in the life of a faith community as “a time for Holy Dreaming!” I am looking forward to ministering with you as you live out your “holy dreams.”

As summer progresses, I hope you will find time to re-create and rest with family and friends. As your travels take you away from the city know that you are missed by your family at First Baptist. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

— Rev. Sam Brink