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From The Rectors Desk - September 28, 2018

Dear Friends,

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:25-26

The other week I was out on the water and I knew, not because of the unseasonably warm sunny weather, but by the number of monarch butterflies passing by that fall was upon us for the annual migration of these beautiful creatures was in full stride.

Each year at this time countless numbers of Monarchs silently flutter by South Carolina on an incredible 2500 mile journey from Canada to wintering grounds in Mexico. Scientists tell us each will flap their wings anywhere from 300-720 times per minute and travel at speeds ranging from 12 to 25 miles per hour taking up to two months to reach their destination. They neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet our heavenly Father feeds them and sustains them. Jesus describes a scene from nature and then uses it to remind his disciples, by way of a question, that they are precious, loved and valued. “Are you not of more value than they?” verse 26

As Christians, we are all on a journey, a pilgrimage. Scripture declares to us that our citizenship is in heaven. The Bible teaches us that heaven is our eternal home and that we are pilgrims, sojourners here on earth.

If we are more valuable than the creatures of the air and God enables a butterfly less than 2 inches tall weighing less than a third of an ounce to make an incredible journey how much more will he sustain us and enable us to make our spiritual journey? “Are you not of more value than they?” The monarch is only able to make this journey because, similar to migrating birds, they use the clear advantage of updrafts, thermals and warm air to glide as they migrate. Without them Monarchs would never reach their destination. In the original biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek the words for wind and spirit are the same. Just as the monarchs need the wind so we need wind, the Spirit of God to make our Journey. Without the empowering of the Holy Spirit we are powerless to reach heaven’s shores, we cannot make it on our own. Like a monarch we might be weak but fear not for what the Lord said to the Apostle Paul he says to us; “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Yours in Christ,
David Thurlow