19338 Beaver Dam Rd, PO Box 67, Beaverdam, VA 23015
Beaverdam United Methodist Church
Monday, May 21, 2018
Friends, United in Christ, Nurturing Each Other and the World
Dear Church Family,
     “Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” (Ephesians 4:3) These were words of the Apostle Paul to the saints in Ephesus. They are also the theme scripture for the upcoming National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3rd. Unity and peace are as needed today as any time in our modern day history – nationally, within our United Methodist Church and in our personal lives. Paul continues in that same passage of his letter to remind them (and us) that there is “one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God and Father. One. Unity. Just as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one, we as God’s people join together as one in our faith. But how? By the grace of God and with effort. Paul had begun his comments with “make every effort”. In other words, work at it. As Nike’s ad would say it: Just Do It. “But how do we do it?” we ask. Paul had just given them (and us reading his letter in the 21st century) major clues as to the how. Verse 2 said, “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” Will being humble, gentle, patient and loving take effort? For most of us, definitely yes! But the One God and Father that Paul spoke of, Paul also said is “over all and in all and living through all.”
     That is how we do it. By depending upon the One God and Father of us all. Which is why not just on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm (more details on the service are in this Circuit Writer) but every day of our lives, we have to come to God in prayer. Prayer for unity, for peace, for humility, for gentleness, for patience and for love for others. We come to the One God and Father and we make every effort to let God be over all, in all and living through us all. That is how we will do it – the United States of America, the United Methodist Church and us as disciples of Jesus Christ. By God’s grace and our effort to open ourselves to God’s ability through each one of us. With God, unity and peace and all things are possible. 
     With transforming hope,
     Claudia