Onaway United Methodist
Friday, April 20, 2018
A church with Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Pastor's Letter

I think everyone has met or at least knows of our dog, Caesar (AKA Child, Prince, Poobear). For those of you that know him - do you remember him when he was a puppy? He was....wild. OK, I know some of you are thinking, "was?!". He is better. He is. Todd and I have grown to love the holes in our socks and the shredded paper on the floor. Its precious. But, not only does Caesar bring excitement into our lives, he is teaching me things too.
Lately Caesar has developed a new love. I have this laser light on my key chain that he is determined to catch. He chases it up and down the hall and will even follow it on the ceiling. When we enter the house he is immediately looking for the light, ready to chase and pounce. He LOVES the light and no matter how many times he pounces and misses the light he believes that one day it will happen - he will catch the light. Here was my thought - Caesar longs for the light. He gets excited when he hears the keys rattle. He looks for the light, expecting to see it. And, he wants it - so much so that he works for it. He LOVES the light. Now, I know he has fun chasing the light, but isn't that part of the lesson, as well?
Jesus said in John 8:12, "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." And, here is the lesson that Caesar has taught me - do I love the Light (Jesus) so much so that I am looking for, expecting to find, actively seeking, and enjoying the journey to the Light? I must admit that Caesar has become a little obsessive about the laser light; and, I have to wonder if I am half as obsessed about being with Jesus. He has so much fun in the moment with the light and when I analyze my time with the Light I find that I am not always fully in the moment squeezing out every ounce of enjoyment. I have one more lesson from my four-legged friends. Annie, Linda and Pat Preseau's dog, came to visit me at the office the other day. I knew she was here not because she came into my office, but because she came charging down the hall (missing my office), tail propelling her, and barking loudly. She was excited to be here. Man, I wish I and others were always so excited to be in church. 
I don't think I am only one who misses the pure enjoyment of being with and in the Light. And, if we are missing that then when Jesus, say, [they] "will have the light of life" we are also missing, in part, the abundant life that He promises us. Here is the truth - I am greedy. I want everything He has promised us. So, I invite you to live in the light with me asking that the Lord helps us to passionately seek and find (He has promised us that) the Light and then to dance with joy in the radiant rays of the Light of life.
May your JOY be outrageous,

Pastor Carmen Cook....and Caesar