Pastor Cathy Daharsh
Every other Thursday, we have a group of women who gather together to sew quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Our Quilter group will be sharing their collection of heartfelt handiwork of color this Sunday. The quilts will be draped over the pews to give your backs a warm cushion and a reminder of who will be touched by these blessings of blankets.
This beautiful blending of colors reminds me of the uniqueness and variety all around us. One color next to another can affect and change the way it is seen. The same is true of all of life. Our experiences and backgrounds give our lives depth and richness.
It is also how we are blended together as God's people in the church. Each of us has an impact on the other. I think we sometimes forget this dimension of the fabric known as our congregation. Through each one of you, the impact of our community of faith has reached beyond the walls of our church into schools, businesses, doctor's offices, hospitals, and stores. In fact, the list of places you have touched this week is too long to name each one.
In this week’s Gospel reading Jesus touches Nathaniel. Nathaniel was the fourth disciple. According to the Gospel of John, Jesus called Peter and Andrew first. Then he called Philip. Then Philip went and brought Nathaniel. His only other mention is with the other disciples at one of the resurrection appearances. Beyond that, he simply blended in with the others.
What we do know about Nathaniel is that he was a person who was hoping and trying to find meaning in life. We also know that Nathaniel was a man "in whom there was no deceit." He was a person who worked at being honorable and decent. He was not a stand out person, but he was a good person who tried to be a responsible in the community that he was a part.
I've heard many people talk about there being way too many things going on in the world that it is too difficult to figure out where to begin, what to pay attention to, or where we can make a difference. It can be debilitating if we try to make a difference on our own. When we take time to talk with each other about issues in our communities and our world, the Holy Spirit is given room to breathe and blend us together to bring peace, justice, and healing to a conflicted and struggling world.
Nathaniel is an ordinary disciple but when brought together with all the disciples we see God at work, creating a better life together. Be assured God is always creating and blending us together. May you be open to God using you to make a difference. Amen.