January 12, 2014 – Baptism of Christ/Epiphany 2 – Bourne UMC

Chilly and Cold Jordan The River Jordan is chilly and cold, chills the body but not the soul…this traditional song was popular in the 1960’s along with our thought for the day “I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken, I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children, … And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.” This uses Bob Dylan song A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall and as we approach this topic I felt its use here was needed for as you know I am a child of the 60’s, so here we go. …Rain upon the earth is a form of God’s baptism. A Granting of His Grace upon us. We listen here for the rain. I lived a long time in the rain, almost ten years with it constantly coming down in my quiet town of Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington state. For years we lived there and the rain came down almost constantly, or so it seemed. Let me take you there now. It was a town of two spirits, or so it seemed to me. There were the Hill people, living in houses build by wealthy lumber barons of a hundred years before… whose homes were still occupied by the rich and the prosperous of that community. I was one of those. I lived on the hill. The main hill. Broadway Hill. My husband worked for Ocean Spray and we had a good stable income. Our town’s unemployment was twenty percent and this was very much felt in the lower part of the town, the Flats. There the migrant, temporary workers lived. Two very, very separate lives. It had long been that way. The Hill people shopped during the day on the flats, only coming down in the daylight. The flats were too unstable for one to go about. Even the land was unstable, marshes and bogs filled in with sawdust and planks. People sleeping under bridges. Families sleeping in cars. I worked for a short time in the downtown area of Aberdeen, in the Campfire office and one night had to walk quickly to escape a gang of young men with baseball bats. This sounds pretty dark, but we often do not see the worse part of our own society here, do we. I must go on but here we learn that Christ was given to us to escape a life filled with the drudgery of the cold world. We all have seen hardship but do we all know what hardship is. Thrift Shop Here at Bourne we are lucky to have a gifted bunch of people who work in our Thrift shop. (Please do offer to help out there if you have some spare time, all hands aboard.) Our helpers there give weekly time and talent to help those in need in our community by offering good clothing and stuffs for very small prices. We all benefit from their careful tending of our planet, so to speak. Our arms reach out a weekly thank you for their time and effort. If you do not see the direction I am going, let me explain here. I see that, we, as a people often feel that our baptism...

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