District | North East

 

Greetings North East District

September 2020

  A few weeks ago, a dear friend of mine who recently retired from Emory University sent me a devotional written by James Koester of the Society of St. John the Evangelist.  In that devotional, he reflected on a quotation by Father George Congreve that undergirded a pilgrimage he made walking St. Cuthbert’s Way, a long-distance walking path in Great Britain.  The quotation reads: the true pilgrim who has found the way says in his thankful heart, I will run when I can, when I cannot run I will go, and when I cannot go I will creep.  Father Koester recounted how that quotation reminded him on the days when walking the hills was more difficult than he imagined, that all he needed to do was to take the next step and then the next step and then the next step—to creep. At the end of the pilgrimage, he realized the entire trip was really full of single steps.

  Over this past week, I have talked to so many pastors in the District who have called to say things like, “I’m weary.  I’m so physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually tired; I’m just not sure I’m up for the challenge; I don’t know if I can take one more phone call questioning my Christian commitment just because I’m committed to caring for the safety of my congregation.”  People are tired.  Pastors are exhausted.  And the road before us stretches beyond what we can see or predict.

  In times like these, it is best to heed the words of Father Congreve, the true pilgrim who has found the way says in his thankful heart, I will run when I can, when I cannot run I will go, and when I cannot go I will creep.  God’s grace is offered to us in the face of this seemingly insurmountable challenge through this invitation to take one step at a time—to creep.  And best of all, we are not alone as we creep.  God is with us:

Fear not, for I am with you,
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

  My prayer for each and every one of you is that you experience daily God’s grace, peace and strength.

Alice

District Superintendent

 

Alice Rogers
(770) 536-2586
alice.rogers@ngumc.net

 

Administrative Assistant

 

Holley Butkovich
(770) 536-2586
district6ne@ngumc.net

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