Thursday Aug 27 2009
Seeking spiritual recovery?
By: Pastor Doug Zike, Faith Lutheran Church
“If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete; be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” ~Philippians 2:1-2 It seems to be hard to find this feeling these days. Being of “one mind” is hard … even in one congregation. Being of one mind across denominational lines and religious and cultural lines seems impossible. Yet, we must do better at every level than we are now. From town hall meetings, to school boards, to the halls of government and the local coffee counter there is a feeling of “what can I find that is wrong?” with whatever is being said rather than a feeling of “what do we have in common?” and is there something we can agree on together. There are congregations of different denominations working together on a variety of projects with the homeless and hungry in Placer County. Anger and hatred are unable to bless and build community. Fear and cynicism are unable to meet the needs of our children. Being of one spirit in love, faith and service is something we can indeed do and church is the first place that that can and must happen. The churches of our community are where our spiritual and “spirit” recovery must begin because we are the place where the spirit resides. We, in the Christian community, claim Christ as our own, the one who sat with sinners and tax collectors and prostitutes, with judges, governors and kings. He calls us to love one another as he loved us, to love in thought, word and deed. Paul calls us to look for what is good and can be lifted up. We all, with our prayers and actions, need to lift up a new spirit of community. Doug Zike is pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, located at 1115 Combie Road in Meadow Vista.Contact the church by calling (530) 878-1870.