February 26th

It’s Friday and Sunday’s Comin’!

A cast with nothing but the toes visible deserved a sock so I picked up my knitting needles. I’m not a lifelong knitter; I’m more of an “every now and then when I’m in the mood” kind of knitter. That kind of knitter makes a lot of mistakes!  

But the sock turned out. It’s a functional sock that will keep Michael’s toes warm. (The sock also matches the cast — an important consideration!) It’s good enough. 

There’s a well-known book on parenting by Bruno Bettelheim entitled The Good Enough Parent. The author’s thesis says that the best parent is not the one who parents most, and certainly not the one who parents least, but the one who parents just the right amount. Good enough. 

The Lord’s answer to Job had the tone of ‘good enough’ I think. Job insisted he was righteous and good and his suffering made no sense, but the Lord said to Job:  Job, you’re good enough but you don’t have the perspective to be God. There’s a lot you don’t know or understand.  You are you and I am God.  Be content with being human and all of the joys and sorrows of human life. Be good enough.  [my paraphrase]

And Job replied, “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know” (Job 42:3). 

There are many things we do not understand and certainly things that are so wonderful that we cannot imagine them. There are sorrows and injustices that seem beyond us to endure. But we are good enough to do the holy work of God in ordinary and imperfect ways. 

So keep on being good enough, my friends. 

Blessings always, 
Pastor Mary 

Join the discussion on Hidden Figures, the 2016 film directed by Theodore Melfi. It tells the story of three African-American women mathematicians who played a crucial role at NASA in the early days of the U.S. space program. The film is readily available on Amazon Prime video as well as Redbox and in stores. 

4:00 p.m. 
Sunday, Feb. 28
via Zoom.

The cross — an ordinary shape formed by nailing two limbs together. The cross — a sign of the extraordinary grace of God made known to us in Jesus Christ.  

Join in for online worship this week as Jay Hancock shares with us about the power of the cross:  “Take up YOUR cross.” Rachel McCoy will be our song leader for the day. 
 Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Worship by live stream.