From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
Wishing you all the blessings of this Eastertide season! May we take confidence in knowing that God's eternal love will carry us through all trials and turmoils. Let us come together and celebrate God's presence when we can. I look forward to seeing some of you this week!
I love art and sculpture. I have no skill for creating such wonderful works, but their beauty inspires me. Beauty cannot readily be defined. It is ephemeral; where one person might find beauty, another may see only what he or she quickly dismisses as junk. The subject of beauty is fascinating.
Our media fosters idolatry, and unfortunately, all these images of "perfection" can cause real problems for the immature mind. It is too easy to wind up feeling inferior because we cannot measure up, or we spend way too much time trying to look like someone we are not. Either way, we risk not exploring our own God given gifts and talents. However, one of the gifts of the third part of our lives is that we have a chance to accept ourselves just as we are. We learn that trying to look young becomes a fruitless endeavor. Age happens.
Holy One, we surrender ourselves to your love. There is no greater beauty than the love you have bestowed on all creation. Forgive us when we feel that somehow we are not worthy because of our age or our health. We are worthy because of your unfailing love for all. We thank you for the beauty of this world. May we never take that beauty for granted, but rather savor it. May we always see the beauty of one another, and give thanks that we do not travel alone. Please deepen our love so we can know more of You.
In gratitude we pray, Amen.
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ