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“Not the Sermon” Message

This Week at Trinity, Beamsville

Friday, March 22, 2019

Dear Friends,

As I have been preparing for some upcoming Lenten workshops, it has really been put into perspective just how much is going on at Trinity. It has come to a point where it is tough to find a free weekend to schedule events. This is obviously a great thing: the church nearly always has something going on so there is lots to get involved in whatever your interest. Coming off the back of the Roast Beef Dinner last week, I think it’s fair to say that Trinity is a great place for food, and if that was the end of it we would be doing okay. But it is easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff going on. Sensory overload can happen pretty easily when we look at the weekly announcements and then back to our own calendars to see where we can fit in more activities. Sometimes it doesn’t all fit together. It is important to find a sense of balance. Do too much and we run the risk of burning out and missing important things going on later. Then, if we withdraw too far in the other direction we miss out on the things happening now. One of my personal challenges has been walking this fine line of engaging and stepping back and it isn’t always a winning battle. Swing too much to one side in a given week, and I’m sure to overcorrect over the days that follow. I get better at the balance all the time, but I’m learning to forgive myself if I miss out on something I would have enjoyed, and when I put a lot of extra things on my plate. My goal is always to ask what is going to sustain me. And the answer is rest AND activity. I have my own limits, as do we all. There is no easy answer, and it would be fantastic if God could set my itinerary with infinite wisdom and understanding. Instead, I do my best and though there will be exhaustion and missing out both along the way, I know that the “meals” I do have will be fulfilling. Time in a community like Trinity continues to equip us with the “food” we need to survive in this world. I hope that the things that continue to “feed” you in your own life sustain you in living life in best way you can. (Are Trinity’s Lenten workshops snacks? I’ll stop…)

With love, Scott

The bread that sustains us is the presence of the Spirit and of the others who travel with us, and the stories of God’s journey with the faithful throughout time.” (Ruth C. Duck)

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