Weekly Message from Traceymay

Dear Friend, 

Have there been very times in your life when you could not believe what your eyes were seeing?  There have been a few of those times in my life but only one of them was captured on video.  I asked my brother-in-law to try and find the clip that he filmed while we were walking along the lake at MacDowell dam; it has been 4 or 5 years ago now but it was this time of year, when the ponds were freezing over.  The following video was taken at normal speed and it has not been altered in any way.  What you will see is ice freezing and thawing and refreezing.  We stood there, disbelieving and glad to have one another to confirm that we were not imaging what we were seeing.  We watched for a long time before he even thought to film it.  As a joke, my brother-in-law tried to match his breathing when he could see that the ice was beginning to melt, but his breath had nothing to do with the melting and freezing.  If you watch it several times, you will see how the freezing begins further out.  What the video does not capture is that when the breeze blew the ice formed.  The stronger the breeze, the thicker the ice.  To give you an idea of the scale, the trees in the center of the photo were about 10 inches wide and the area we could see was the size of a tennis court.  The tangle of branches in the picture were more like small trees, each measuring 1-3 inches across.  Check it out:


Can you imagine the extremely narrow window of temperature variation that allowed for this phenomenon to occur?  I would venture to say that even a degree of temperature either way, warmer or colder, would not have allowed for this freezing and thawing and re-freezing to happen in such rapid succession.  It was a very tiny window when the circumstances were just right.  Friend, could it be that we are always living in such a state?  We have no way of knowing what our day would have been like if we were to have awaken one minute later this morning; would it have been the same, or different.  And if it would have been different, then how different?  There is absolutely no way to know.  It is a mystery.  I thank God for such mysteries.  Within the mystery there is room for imagination.  Within the mystery there is room for questioning and wondering.  Within the mystery there is space for the Holy Spirit to move us because we are in a state of wonder and ready to receive.  What a beautiful place to be!

“Amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”   -Luke 5: 26

Amber and Matt and the kids are moving this weekend.
We can help in the following 3 ways: 
Prayers and well-wishes
Help loading their moving truck Saturday 10a.m. at 1323  Main St. in Dublin 
Cleaning Sunday afternoon at 1

28 Gifts for local kids are being purchased; only 8 left on the Giving Tree (WOW!)

The Giving Tree is all set up in the church hall with tags-for-the-taking and instructions for returning your gifts.

Gifts that Give and Give Again

What to get for folks who have plenty?  Choose a gift from Heifer International.  Visit the bulletin board this Sunday in the church hall; it’s a one-stop shopping experience that improves our world!  You may also shop through Heifer on line through our church website HERE, beginning Dec. 1st.

This Sunday- All Church Soup Luncheon & Ornament Making Extravaganza

After church this Sunday, Dec. 3rd, we will usher in Advent with our traditional soup and bread lunch.  Ornament making supplies will be out for us to have fun with and we can decorate the Giving Tree together with what we make.

Children’s Pageant

December 10th: “Bethlehem Speaks” will be brought to us during the Sunday Service by our beloved children!

Please join me in prayer if you wish.

God of wonder, I am grateful for the many mysteries in our lives.  Help us to be more comfortable with not knowing.  May we be open to deep questioning and open, too, to allowing our opinions to change as our understanding grows.  In our learning, may we grow more compassionate towards one another.  In our learning, may our appreciation for the natural world lead us to care for it as best we can.  I pray for our future, a future of justice for all and peace for all.  In Jesus’s name I pray.  Amen.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”   -Jeremiah 29:11

With devotion,


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