Dorothy Day

I was talking with a friend the other day about what we do here. In trying to explain our ministry — the following quote came to me. These are words from Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker. We saw a very interesting documentary about her life earlier this week. She said —
“What we do is very little, but it is like the little boy with a few loaves and fishes. Christ took that little and increased it. He will do the rest. What we do is so little we may seem to be constantly failing. But so did he fail. He met with apparent failure of the cross. But unless the seed fall into the earth and die, there is no harvest. And why must we see results? Our work is to sow. Another generation will be reaping the harvest.”
     So we continue the little work we do with humility and love. May Christ take what we offer and increase it. Blessings,

Blessed to Be a Blessing

Many of you asked about how my time in Florida was? It was great! I met with leaders from all over the country who are engaged in ministries of justice and working with the poor. It was put on by the Board of Church and Society of the UMC. We were pastors from Arkansas, New York, and Los Angeles. We were Directors of organizations in New Jersey, Florida, Minnesota,and Texas. We were Mission and Justice Coordinators from annual conferences in Florida, Arkansas, and Pennsylvania, We were staff from the Board of Church and Society headquartered in Washington DC. 
We shared in common, a hunger and thirst for justice. A desire to overcome poverty together. A desire to look beyond symptoms to the root causes. We shared a belief that a priority for the poor is a priority of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
The quote that stayed with all of us, came in a video chat with a pastor from the United Church of Scotland, named Rev.Martin Johnstone. He said: “If we lose our commitment to the poor, we are not just weak, we are pointless.” 
I am so thankful to be a part of a ministry that is not pointless. That is walking with the poor and setting an example for many other churches. We have been blessed to be a blessing. 

Pastor Steve Lundin