Life is full of choices.  It's like climbing a tree.  As you climb the trunk of the you will come to forks where various limbs branch off.  Each time you come to a fork you will need to make a choice - do you continue to climb, if so which branch will you go up, or will you climb down and try a new pathway.

Our faith life is the same.  For some people their faith life is like climbing a tall ponderosa pine tree.  It's one straight shot up the tree from baptism to death and resurrection.  For others, you will climb various branches going up and finding it's not the path for you and coming back down the branch to the fork and going up a new one.  And sometimes the branches end up with dead wood and when our weight goes on the limb we come crashing down to the ground and have to start over again.

In Ephesians 4 Paul says, "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift." (Ephesians 4:4-7 NRSV)

Sometimes we are so worried about the pathway to the top, we fail to realize we are all part of one body, one faith, and one baptism.  Our choices make a difference to how we live and experience our life, yet the same God gifts us all with grace for their is only one body, one baptism and one God. T

his is a blessing which has been bestowed on each of us.  A blessing we are called to bless others with. So today remember you are blessed to be a blessing.  Live your calling as God's beloved child, blessing all you encounter. For we are all rooted in one faith, one baptism, and one God. 

-Pastor Sarah