East Side Presbyterian Church Blog
July 2, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday Afternoon, July 2nd

If you could plop yourself down in whatever place you wanted, where would that be?

And who would you want to be plopping down with you? Friends? Family?

Would there be a meal? What kind? Maybe a picnic?

Would there be a lake? Mountains? River? Walking trail? Boat?

Would there be a plane or a car? Or a motorcycle?

Would there be books? Knitting supplies? A place to bake? A workshop? Museums? Concerts?

Would there be a hammock and a gentle breeze? A bed by a fireplace with cozy covers?

Sunshine? Rain?


If you can take a deep breath and sit for a couple of moments, go ahead and envision the fullest, richest life you can imagine. The kind of momemt when your heart and mind say, "my goodness, life is good" before you even think the words. The moment when your heart is settled and full to the brim and everything is joy.

"So Jesus spoke again, “I assure you that I am the gate of the sheep.  All who came before me were thieves and outlaws, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest." John 10:7-10, CEB

Jesus came to us so that we could have life--indeed, so that we could live life to the fullest.

So that all of us and each of us could life life to the fullest. And, given that earlier in the gospel of John we read that God so loved the world, we also understand that Jesus came so that all people could have life--indeed, that all people could live life to the fullest.

As you consider your dream day - wherever that is, with whoever it is with, whatever you are doing - let all the good feeling of it sink deep down inside you. Because that is reminder for you of what God wants for you.

And, as you consider your dream day, and as you let that feeling sink into you, remember that this is what Jesus came to provide for all of us.

Any time you make life fuller and better for someone else, you are contributing to the life Jesus came to give us all.


Grace and peace,

Pastor Michelle