From: Rich Carlson
Date: May 6, 2020
Subject: It's May 6; Good Morning Union, for the last time this school year

Today is brought to you by the letter “Z”

Zacchaeus you come down, for I’m going to your house today.”  Luke 19:5

And there you have it! A promise for every letter of the alphabet (with a little creative freedom as needed!) And there you have it—we’ve come to the end of another school year, anticlimactic as it might be.

So “Pastor Rich,” Jesus said to Zacchaeus back then, and he says to me today, “you come down from whatever might be separating you from Me.” because “I want to go to YOUR house today too.” And as you bring this school year to a close I invite you to insert your name in place of Zaccaeus’ and mine and realize that Jesus offers the same invitation to you. “________, you come down from what ever might be keeping you from experiencing His presence in your life as well.” Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If ANY one hears my voice and opens the door, I WILL come in and will eat with him.” He invites us to “come down;” He, “stands at the door” of our hearts and knocks. He didn’t force Zacchaeus to come down and He won’t force us either. He won’t knock our door down, He’ll just knock. We need to decide if we’re going to open it or not. That’s just the way He operates. It’s not force, it’s choice—your choice and mine. I need to decide that His presence in my home or in my heart is worth it.

Enjoy a great summer, staying well and staying connected to Jesus. I’ll see you all on August 24, with my next GMU!! Except our graduates to whom I say, “I’m sorry about this “graduation” weekend but I still wish on you God’s greatest blessings as you continue on your journey with Him and as you respond to His calling in your life and serve Him with all He has given you.” Make sure you test positive for Faith, keep a spiritual distance from doubt, and isolate yourself from Fear. Trust God through it all.

Have a great day coming down and welcoming Jesus into your lives,

Pastor Rich

Quote: The father of a good friend of mine just died. In tribute to him they shared his “life lessons.” Very worth sharing:

-Work is noble
-Volunteering is satisfying,
-Love can be expressed in ways other than words,
-Kindness and gentleness are always appropriate,
-Ice cream is always good, as long as it is vanilla.

Take that with you and have a great summer

Hymn with a “Z”

“The Lord in Zion Reigneth”

Funny for the day!

If you get an email with the subject "Knock Knock," just know, it could be a Jehovah Witness working from home.