This week our guest Gmail writer is Janet Miclean, PCC’s Connection, Care, and Women’s Pastor and teaching pastor at our gatherings this upcoming Sunday, October 15. This weekend, PCC gathers on Sunday at Farm Hill at 8:55 and 11am (no 9:05), and at Hudson at 10am; and all weekend at the Fall Retreat.
As I write this, my eyes are burning. The smoke in the air is thick. The reality of the Napa fires has hit close to home. We are continuously hearing stories of PCC families who have lost homes, or who have family members or friends that have had to evacuate. On the heels of great loss in our community, and tragedy in our nation and world, these fires come as a big blow. I’m sure many of us are just a bit discouraged.d
This Sunday, we will meet a man in John 5 who has been an invalid for 38 years. He has had 38 years of hardship. He doesn’t believe he will be healed. He has given up. After 38 years of illness, he was discouraged.
And then we see Jesus, coming after the discouraged.
This is who Jesus is. He is the Great Pursuer. I love this verse:
Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life ( Psalm 23:6a, The Message).
Every day – that stands out to me. That means that today in Sonoma and Napa, the beautiful Jesus is pursuing those who are heartbroken, sick, lost, and discouraged. That today, here on the Peninsula, He is pursuing me, and He is pursuing you.
Jesus is not put off by our discouragement. He doesn’t stop coming after us when we feel dead inside. He is chasing us when we are literally running away from Him. He comes for us even when we are living a small life hidden in our excuses. He chases after us when it seems we have lost everything.
The question Jesus asks that we will encounter this Sunday is “Do you want to get well?” For the invalid man and for us, His relentless pursuit takes the form of a question.
Wherever you find yourself physically, emotionally, or spiritually as you read this, take a moment to hear Jesus asking you that question. Do you want to get well? Let the question sit with you. What is He asking you personally? We will explore the question together on Sunday.
In the meantime, join me in praying for the fires to be put out, for homes to be saved, and for the hope of Jesus to come to the people of Napa and Sonoma counties. This Sunday and at the Fall Retreat, we will be taking a special offering and praying for the victims of this fire. You can give on Sunday, or on Pushpay anytime (select “Northern California Fire Relief” from the drop-down menu).