Rev. Claire Watson
Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 9:30am
I am looking forward to having the United Methodist Women of San Dieguito UMC lead us in worship this coming Sunday! Our congregation’s UMW is a part of the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice. This includes the empowerment of women, children and youth, promoting anti-racism and multiculturalism, promoting inclusion and equity, promoting fair labor practices, as well as promoting economic and environmental stewardship and sustainability. Our own UMW works hard to empower our church, local community, and world in these ways.
It is no surprise, then, that their theme for the year dons the title, “Healing and Joy: On Our Journey to God.” Some of our journey to God together is defined by transitions, hardships, grief, loss, and discomfort. But other aspects of this holy expedition include opportunities to find meaning, catching glimpses of God’s beauty, and the invitation to participate in God’s kin-dom.
We find Jesus in Luke 6 looking out over a diverse crowd, reminding people that God is near - and inviting them to join him on this journey to God. As he peers out over his people, I imagine that he deeply felt everything that defined each of their journeys. All of the hardships and discomfort, as well as the beauty and accomplishment, and everything in between. As he begins to speak his beatitudes over these people, he takes time to name their pain, and he reminds them that God is near to them:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
“Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
“Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.” (Luke 6:20-21)
God is near to us, and calls us to draw near to one another, so that we may feel God’s comfort in eachothers arms. As we ponder this scripture together, I wonder if you see yourself in the crowd in Luke 6? Are you in need of comfort? Maybe God is calling you to journey alongside someone in need as a comforter.
Wherever you might find yourself in this crowd, I hope that you find time to draw near to God this week. One way that you can do so is in worship with others - join us for worship at 8 a.m. (in the Chapel), 9:30 a.m. (in the Sanctuary), or Livestream at 9:30 a.m. Hope to see you there!
Learn more about the United Methodist Women at http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/