Dear Church Family,
I hope you were able to be with us this past Sunday as we celebrated the Senior Class of 2016. It was so powerful to hear the seniors speak about how their time here at the church has impacted their spiritual journey.
This year was particularly impactful for our family. My oldest daughter, Taylor, officially entered the youth group as a 6th grader on Sunday, and our youngest, Reed, received his kindergarten bible from an outgoing senior. Watching the seniors pass the torch to these kids entering such critical times in their lives was an inspiration to me as a parent and a pastor.
The start of school is always a bittersweet reminder that Father Time never stops marching. Jennifer and I love watching our children grow, but at the same time, the start of the school year is a reminder that our time with them at home will not last forever.
On Monday, I had the honor of co-officiating the funeral of Jennifer’s grandmother, “Granny”. She was 93 years old when she passed away last week. She suffered from dementia for the last few years of her life, and a case of pneumonia finally proved to be too much for her frail body.
I can honestly say her funeral was one of the most joyful in which I’ve ever had the privilege of participating. Granny’s was a life well-lived. She was married at the age of 18 to her husband of 74 years! She and “Poppy” raised two boys and lived to see the births of five grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was a successful businesswoman working in the banking and retail industries long before it was commonplace, and she was a devoted citizen volunteering tirelessly in Irving, Texas where she raised her children and spent most of her life.
Most importantly, she loved Jesus, and that love for Him was evident in her love for others. Whether you were the boyfriend of a granddaughter, or the ex-wife of one of her sons, once granny loved you, she never stopped!
Over the years I have found one of the things that can get in the way of us loving others in a way that is truly a reflection of Christ’s love is our inability to forgive those who sin against us. Forgiveness is a critical part of the health of our relationships. When left undone, it can damage not only the relationship between us and the offender. It can also limit our ability to seek forgiveness from those we have wronged.
That’s why I’m excited to begin our next three-part sermon series “Finding Forgiveness”. If you or someone you know is struggling with the issue of forgiveness, I want to encourage you to make every effort to be here and/or invite someone to join us as we explore how the acts of repentance, reconciliation, and restoration lead to our ability to forgive and to be forgiven.
See you on Sunday!
Reverend Kory Knott
Senior Minister, Custer Road United Methodist Church
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