PASTOR’S PEN
 

Challenges

Some weeks are like that. Things happen that complicate life. This week the water heater and the washing machine went out. This is quite challenging when you feed over a hundred people a day and do between 5 to 10 loads of wash every day. It can make things stressful but you do what needs doing. Breath deep, stay centered, remember the mission, and say a lot of prayers that go something like this — “help!”
 
Tonight I am doing about five loads of laundry at home — towels, washrags, and aprons.In the process I am feeling thankful for our core volunteers who do all this demanding work everyday. Thanks be to God!
 
Two days to go — please no more breakdowns!
 
Shalom,
 
Steve


Sowing the Seeds of Justice

 
It has been meaningful and challenging to work with the Epistle of James the last few Sundays. So practical that it is almost hard to know what to say. This week I have been struggling with James 3:14 – 4:3. Some weeks I have trouble getting inspired. This is one of those weeks. I’m just not feeling it. And then I read chapter 3 verse 18: “Those who make peace sow the seeds of justice by their peaceful acts.”
 
On Tuesday this week, city council member Scott Davis said at the council meeting that he really appreciates the involvement of the faith community in trying to find answers to the problem of homelessness in Salinas and particularly what our church is doing with the Neighborhood Service Center. I believe we are making peace and sowing seeds of justice. What is justice but fairness in a really big way! We are sowing the seeds.
 
Pray for those working on the Kairos weekend in Salinas Valley State Prison this weekend. They are sowing seeds of justice. Pray for our church and the East Salinas Family Center as we get to know each other. We may be sowing seeds of justice for the future. Pray for the big COPA convention coming up that we would be sowing seeds of justice on healthcare, immigration, housing, mental health and addiction.
 
“Those who make peace sow the seeds of justice by their peaceful acts.” It is just a start. The seeds have just been put in the ground. There is work to be done but by the grace of God, the harvest will come. Indeed there are already signs of it. What signs do you see?
 
Shalom,
 
Steve



Pastor Steve Lundin