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Pastor's Ponderings by Student Minister Sandi Cassidy

Summer feels like it's still in full swing, and the heat index certainly indicates that is true. However, I'm beginning to see commercials on TV for back to school clothes, and book bags…and of course all the stores have school supplies everywhere! Traditionally for me (albeit 60 years ago) back to school meant fall is in the air and would come soon!

The beautiful four seasons here in Wilmington is one of the reasons we chose to retire here. They are each relatively distinct but none of them extreme. Interestingly, as a cultural norm in the United States we have associated kids going back to school with the fall season. I think it's interesting that in our secular world we have come to associate all kinds of cultural norms with seasonal activities, some of which stem from our Christian heritage. Two that come swiftly to mind of course, are Christmas and Easter. Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Juneteenth, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving are part of our National heritage.

For most of us, seasonal activities mark time in our lives. They become watermarks on our lives like the watermarks on the river’s edge that ebbs and flows, telling us the depth of the river. Marking both our warm loving memories and naturally, our sad or lonely memories also. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your perspective, these seasons in our lives cause us to appreciate the ‘goodness and richness of life’ all the more deeply. Remembering the lesson from God in Ecclesiastes 3:1 "For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven" - Pondering this, I believe God has invited us to embrace the watermarks on our lives, because they remind us that no one season will last forever. These changes offer us hope and reassurance God will see us through. Whatever struggle or sorrow one may be having in this season, we know this too shall pass with the coming of the next season.

It is my prayer this week that each of you may reflect on the summer of 2022 and find the watermarks worth carrying with you into the coming winter months. I’ll look forward to writing you again when ‘fall is actually in the air’!

Your loving Student Minister, Sandi
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Pastors Ponderings by Student Minister Sandi Cassidy

Summer feels like its still in full swing, and the heat index certainly indicates that is true. However, Im beginning to see commercials on TV for back to school clothes, and book bags…and of course all the stores have school supplies everywhere!  Traditionally for me (albeit 60 years ago) back to school meant fall is in the air and would come soon! 

The beautiful four seasons here in Wilmington is one of the reasons we chose to retire here. They are each relatively distinct but none of them extreme. Interestingly, as a cultural norm in the United States we have associated kids going back to school with the fall season. I think its interesting that in our secular world we have come to associate all kinds of cultural norms with seasonal activities, some of which stem from our Christian heritage. Two that come swiftly to mind of course, are Christmas and Easter. Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Juneteenth, Memorial Day,  4th of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving are part of our National heritage. 

For most of us, seasonal activities mark time in our lives. They become watermarks on our lives like the watermarks on the river’s edge that ebbs and flows, telling us the depth of the river. Marking both our warm loving memories and naturally, our sad or lonely memories also. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your perspective, these seasons in our lives cause us to appreciate the ‘goodness and richness of life’ all the more deeply. Remembering the lesson from God in Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven -  Pondering this, I believe God has invited us to embrace the watermarks on our lives, because they remind us that no one season will last forever. These changes offer us hope and reassurance God will see us through. Whatever struggle or sorrow one may be having in this season, we know this too shall pass with the coming of the next season. 

It is my prayer this week that each of you may reflect on the summer of 2022 and find the watermarks worth carrying with you into the coming winter months. I’ll look forward to writing you again when  ‘fall is actually in the air’!  

Your loving Student Minister, Sandi
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