Bridges Over Troubled Waters
As my family and I strolled along the meandering pathways at Stony Brook Park in Dansville, we came across this beautiful stone bridge. Have you seen it? I took this picture because I found it to be peaceful and, in a way, reassuring. Studying this solid edifice, I was reminded of the theme of this past February’s annual report: “Bridges Over Troubled Waters.” During that meeting, we highlighted the many ways Pearce Church has a history and ministry of providing bridges over the troubled waters of life.
This image came to mind this past Saturday, as many gathered at the New Comer Funeral Home in celebration and remembrance of Roy Redfield’s life. Inge and Roy moved to Virginia some time ago but wanted to have the service here in Rochester, where they spent the majority of their lives. In fact, they have been members of Pearce for many years. As I stood to give the meditation for Roy’s memorial service, I looked out to see many from the Pearce family who came in support of Roy’s wife, Inge, and the Redfield family. I know she felt blessed, too!
It was encouraging to see, once again, how our Pearce family comes alongside a friend who is grieving. Your presence helps to provide strength and comfort during these times. I hope you realize how much your presence and support means to families that have experienced a loss. In those moments, we become bridges over troubled waters.
Who Would You Have Lunch With?
Throughout the summer, the pastoral team has been practicing a team building exercise creatively entitled “Question of the Week.” It has been a fun way to learn more about each other with deep reflective questions and some fun questions like, “If you could fly over any city or region of the world like a bird, where would you fly?” One person thought of the Canadian Rockies, while someone else mentioned ancient Rome or the impregnable castles of Great Britain.
Out of that exercise also came the question, “If you could meet with anyone in heaven (besides God—since any pious Christian would use that answer), who would it be?” As an ordination gift this past May, I received a book where the author imagines such an occasion. In his book, If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis, Alister McGrath imagines a series of lunches with Lewis and what might come out of such conversations. In this creative piece of literature, McGrath explores Lewis’ views on the meaning of life, his wisdom on friendship, the significance of his Narnia stories, the problem of pain and suffering, and Christian hope and the joys of heaven.
If you are looking for a good book to read, I would recommend this one. In fact, I found myself using it as a sort of devotional—as each lunch with Lewis becomes a unique way of exploring rich aspects of life and our relationships with God and with one another. So, if you could have lunch with anyone in heaven, who would it be?