Where does that leave Esau? That question invites faith, real faith. I invite you into this struggle today. Sometimes the lowliest of our family members are also the ones who matter the most. They are the ones who belong in the "family circle", even though it may not seem that way.
Most of us don't like spiders. I have never understood that. I have a simple cardboard that I use to transport all spiders out of the house. I love spiders. When I saw Charlotte's Web, I loved them even more. But I have also lived in other parts of the world where a single bite from a spider can mean death.
How to separate the light from the shadow, the so-called good from the bad, from the obvious to the hidden; that is the sweet mystery of life, which is why I do like and respect the humble spider. Because, in their world, these things are mixed together.
At this time of year especially, people seem to need help. They come to our church door asking for assistance. Trying to discern the real need from the manipulation is the hard piece. In my time here at Erin Mills, I have watched you render love in Christ's name with the same professionalism, compassion, and mercy as any urban social service agency. I am amazed at how you do this, even though it can and does get risky on any given day.
The story of Jacob and Esau is an old one, but it is eternal in its teaching and meaning. I encourage you to read it. It teaches us something of the mystery of giving and receiving.
As my time with you comes to a close, I treasure each day that I am here. Summer has its own gentle rhythm. We get to slow down, but our work goes on. I am here each day from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
'Communion and Prayers' is the one program of this church that carries on in the summer. Join us in the warmth of the Holy Spirit as we pray and share around the Lord's Table. And, speaking of communion, we will be having Holy Communion on the 30th of this month, since there are five Sundays in this month, and I will be on vacation from August 3rd to the 12th.
God's gentle love be with you,
Rev Jackie: Supply Minister