Dear Friends in Christ,
It’s that time of year with endings and beginnings, reflections of the past, pondering the future, and remembering those who dared to follow a star and will forever be called so wise, despite King Herods in the world! It is such an important time in our lives and in the church to reflect, ponder, and remember. I hope you can find a moment of stillness between football and celebrations, great food and New Year resolutions.
Frederick Buechner, an author and a Presbyterian minister, says,
Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments, and life itself is grace.
Ever since my twenties when I heard Buechner speak, I have been listening and seeing God’s grace abound with JOY in so many unexpected ways. It is always more than I could ever imagine or ask for! Such has been my time serving as your pastor. My heart is so grateful for each of you in this special place called Johns Island Presbyterian Church. I am humbled and in awe of the Almighty to serve with you. Thank you all very much. Happy New Year & Epiphany JOY!
Dr. Laurey Murphy