As you probably know, this Monday, January 16th, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  What you might not know is that for the past four years our church has partnered with St. Paul’s Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Day to cook and prepare mobile meals for home-bound and low-income folks in Greater West Chester.  Last year more than 275 meals were provided.  Volunteers are needed this Monday to fill bags and to deliver meals.  You can sign up here for this mobile meals service project as well as other projects.  There are projects for all ages.  Through serving, Christ’s light will shine through us for as Dr. King wrote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.” 

Having celebrate the Season of Advent and Christmas, we are now in the season after Epiphany.  This is a time to reflect on the light that has come into the world through Jesus.  Our scriptures for our sermon on Sunday are John 1:35-42 and Psalm 40.  In the scripture from John’s Gospel two disciples begin a new life by following Jesus.   In Psalm 40, the psalmist celebrates the new life God has brought him.  Like the patriarch Joseph or the prophet Jeremiah, the psalmist found himself in a desolate pit.  While the psalmist does not tell us what brought him down, (either literally or metaphorically) he leaves no doubt who brought him up, proclaiming, “I waited patiently for the LORD…He drew me up from the desolate pit…and set my feet upon a rock…He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.” 

Like the psalmist, we too can have experiences that leave us down and out.  Perhaps it was the loss of a job, a friend or family member.  Perhaps your child is testing your resolve and all of your parenting skills.  Perhaps it was a co-worker taking advantage of you or being pressured to make a decision that violated your conscience.  Perhaps it was some other experience.  Whatever it was, instead of your feet being sure and steady on a rock, you felt stuck in the mud and mire.  Instead of seeing a shining light, you saw a dim light, if you saw one at all.  In those times, what do we do?

The psalmist waited patiently for the LORD.   Patiently waiting for God is not easy.  But for those of us who can put our trust in God, there’s the promise of new life, the promise of a new song.  Are you willing to wait for God, so you can sing a new song? 

Pastor Dave