As the church that serves the countryside, we commit ourselves to share Christ's love in action through our congregation, community, and the world.
Those people who have some clue that they have not too long to live on this earth, those who are ill, aged, have an insight into the meaning of life. They soon come to the conclusion that life is to be lived to the fullest because each day might well be the last.
The term "bucket list" is now commonly used to indicate that each new day should be filled with some new experience that the days that we have left should be lived to the fullest. Life is then not measured just by its length but by its depth.
To live is not simply to breath; it is to experience, to make use of our senses, to be able to feel. Simply to acquire a lot of things, fame or sensual pleasure is to spend or trade irreplaceable time for that which is worth very little. To soon life is gone. Even as I write this and you read it, a portion of time is gone forever. Life is short. whether we live to 20 or 100, we all lose the same thing, the opportunity to "live for today".
One individual expressed it this way, "If I had a chance to live life over, I would do things quite differently. I would understand at the beginning that much of life is spent in vain pursuits. If I could do it over again, I would hate less, love more, work less overtime and spend more time with family, argue less, listen more, collect fewer debts and make more friends. If God granted me a second chance, I would grow closer to living things - to petunias, to aspen trees, to kittens to my children, Bedtime stories would be more important than news stories, valentines and birthdays more important than payday. I would never go to bed without saying to someone, "I love you" or without experiencing the beauty of a song, poem or painting. And finally each morning as I arose I would repeat these words; "The past is gone and tomorrow may never come so I will live for today".
Pastor Hans Lillejord
A Celebration of Our Veteran
This article will come just after our God and Country celebration, where each year in our community we honor the Veterans of past wars as well as the active members of our present armed forces who keep us free in our beloved country.
The Veterans of past wars come in a number of different sizes, shapes and ages. their experience of past wars spans World Wars and several foreign conflicts. They have been in Flanders field,
Iwo Jima, the beaches of Normandy, Porkchop Hill and the rice paddies of the Mekong Delta. No matter where they have been, all Veterans share a common bond - a brotherhood of memory and hard won wisdom that helps define their character.
A Veteran is the first one up when the flag passes by and the last man down, for they have been witness to the blood and tears that make our God & Country program and all parades possible. A Veteran is a man of peace, soft spoken, slow to anger, quick to realize that those who talk most about the glory of war are those who know least about its horror. The Veteran does not joke about war because he has been there and still recalls in his memories the dying, the widows and orphans. He knows firsthand that no war is good and the only thing worse than war is the loss of freedom.
The Veteran is a friend to all races of men. He lives with the knowledge that is not the man who is the enemy but enslavement and false ideologies who are the foes. Many of those who they once faced as enemies across hostile battle lines, he now esteems as brothers. A Veteran is at once proud of the fact that in 240 years our country has not had a foreign enemy totally invade our country, and humble in the realization that many of his comrades who helped make the dream a reality never returned home to our country.