Everyone Carries a Shadow

I’m sure you have heard it said — “We have met the enemy and they are us.” You have probably also heard — “sometimes I’m my own worst enemy.” This can be true collectively or individually. Sometimes these days it seems that we are our own worst enemies as a nation.  Today I came upon this quote by the great psychologist Carl Jung. He wrote this in 1938:
“Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and islolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected.” 
Check out the parable this week from Matthew 13: 24 – 30. This little story that Jesus told is what got all these other thoughts started. Sometimes we are quick to think we want to pull up and get rid of everything that is wrong with others and ourselves. But we had better be careful and let God decide. You never know what you might be pulling up. 
Scripture: Matthew 13: 24 – 30
Sermon: Let Then Grow Together
Prayer need — Let’s keep our friend Tim King in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow and for several days as his long postponed heart surgery will be taking place Friday morning. Bless you Tim. We love you!

What Kind of Soil Am I?

We are in hard times right now with covid 19, economic hardship, racial tension, and social unrest. While it is tempting to just hide and wait this thing out in hopes that things will get back to normal soon that may not be the case. Maybe this is a very good time to focus on health, finances, our racial attitudes, and work for the common good. 
It is also a good time to examine our spiritual growth. For Sunday, look at Matthew 13: 1 – 9, 18 – 23. Ask this question: What kind of soil am I? Have you prepared your life for growth? Are the seeds of God’s justice and love able to take root or is the soil of your spirit too hard, rocky, or thorn invested?
Think about your spiritual life as preparing the soil for growth. What practices lead to growth for you? When do you feel most connected to God, others, self, the earth? Reading the Bible, working in the garden, prayer, walking, serving those in need, writing a check to help in work with those in need. Ask the question: What kind of soil am I? What helps me work the soil of my spirit?
BTW — I just finished my fifth year as your pastor and have started year 6. I am so thankful for each of you and the opportunity to be in ministry with you. Thanks for all that you do and contribute to this beautiful ministry. 

Pastor Steve Lundin