Greetings. First I want to say how blessed I am to be serving among such wonderful people here at Warren 1st. I have been welcomed with open hearts and arms this past month as I got settled in and began the process of learning about this community and the people here.
I would like to share a little bit about me. I am a small town girl. Until arriving here, a traffic jam in my world was usually 5 cars behind a tractor. I am slowly learning my way around thanks to google. I am from a large family, having five siblings and 25 or so nieces and nephews. (Honestly, we’ve lost count.) My husband and I have five children and seven grandchildren, plus one very spoiled dog named Daisy Mae.
As for my faith, I grew up in the church. My relationship with God has always been a huge part of my life. It has also been an ever evolving part of my life. As Richard Rohr would say, I have fallen upwards in my relationship with God over the years. At one time, my greatest concern was whether or not I believed the right things. Did I say the right words to insure my eternal salvation. Then one day, I decided that there really needed to be more than that to faith. My faith needed to transform my life. It needed to make me a different person. It needed to change my heart and the way I lived. I needed to take seriously Jesus words that I could become like him in nature.
I openly admit that I am not perfect. I tell people that I am just as messed up as the next person. I am not always kind. I don’t always respond with compassion. I don’t always see or respond to the needs of others. From time to time I have tunnel vision. Yet, I serve a God that can use someone like me to do the work of transforming the world.
God can use you too. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about having life all figured out. It’s about allowing God to use you in all of your imperfection to make a difference in the world. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Shalom, Pastor Melissa