Notes from Brother Jay

     Some people call it coincidence.  Others call it luck.  Carl Jung, noted Psychologist of the last century, coined the term “synchronicity.”   Webster defines synchronicity, “the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (such as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality.”  However, each Sunday we proclaim, “I believe in the Holy Spirit!”  For years now I look for the Holy Spirit at work in any of the aforementioned circumstances.
     Each day I receive the Seedbed Daily Text from J. D. Walt, a classmate of mine whose wife guided me through the application process.  J.D. began Seedbed for Asbury Seminary offering publications in the Wesleyan tradition of Christian theology.  In our United Methodist Church, the Bible is considered to contain everything necessary for salvation and John Wesley’s writings, along with the Articles of Religion, offer our distinctive understanding and practice of the Christian faith.
     While Kathy and I served the women of Walk to Emmaus #114, Mike Green filled the pulpits of both churches.  Another individual accepted the invitation, but needed to attend an important out of town event for their professional growth and asked me to get someone else.  So, I asked Mike.  (Holy Spirit at work #1.)
     The Monday I returned to Ocilla, I began to hear you talk about Mike’s sermon.  A lesser man, an insecure Pastor, might be threatened by such exuberant conversation.  I, however, cannot express how thrilled I am to hear you talk about the message of God which Mike delivered!  
     Do you still remember the message?  I’ll remind you with a single word, “Reset.”  As I understand, (remember I was one of those absent that Sunday) the message spoke of a reset in the way we love according to 1 Corinthians 13.  I offer verses 4-7 (NLT) as a reminder:

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5or rude.  It does not demand its own way.  It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  6It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  7Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

     I hope you’ve followed me this far because I want to connect J. D. Walt to my absence, to Mike’s sermon, and the work of the Holy Spirit.   You see, J.D. offers an Advent Devotional this year called, can you guess, “Reset:  Advent Devotions for the Whole Family!” As soon as I heard your conversation about Mike’s message I felt the warm spark of the Holy Spirit in the form of an idea.   Is God trying to set us walking the same path for a season, the season called Advent?  
     Not a coincidence, dumb luck, or synchronicity, but God speaking to us!
After much prayer and conversation, I believe He is doing just that!  In the very near future, maybe today, you will be offered the opportunity to purchase “Reset” for $10.25.  One per family should be enough.  If you want one of your own we have plenty and can get more.  If you cannot afford the price, please speak with me or Bonnie and let us help.  If you feel called to help someone else and want to give more, please feel free.
      I would like to see every family involved in this, so spread the word to those you don’t see, or haven’t seen in a while.  Let them know what God is doing among us!


Brother Jay



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