October 2019

Greetings all!

As we enter into the month of October, leaves are changing color and beginning to fall to the ground. Each leaf is intriguingly different, and if we are having a "good" Autumn season, the colors are vibrant and beautiful. Yet, rain, sun and wind can have the slightest or the greatest effect on these vibrant colors we have come to appreciate in Northeastern Pennsylvania year after year. Just as one element of the weather can have an effect on leaves so, too, can the slightest change in our lives affect us.

Now to know me is to know that my husband, Bob, is the "cook" in our household, with the exception of MEATBALLS. Yes, I said, meatballs. Our grandson, Logan, likes spaghetti and meatballs, but unfortunately, for a very long time he didn't get to eat them while visiting us unless we went to a restaurant because Grandma has been on a search for a new meatball recipe. After a long time, however, I finally broke down and searched the internet, specifically, one site called YouTube. You might be familiar with it. I clicked on the little magnifying glass in the corner of the screen and entered the words "Best Meatballs Ever." Before I knew it, there was a nice gray-haired man of Italian descent talking about his grandmother's meatballs! "You're gonna love them!" he said. So, I watched. And I watched. And I learned that my meatball recipe only needed a couple of minor changes to make them the, "Best Meatballs Ever!" The sweet man in the video told me to substitute "smashed saltine crackers" for bread or bread crumbs, "seltzer water" for milk, roll them in the shape of an egg and bake them, not pan fry them. Well, I said to myself, "Self, you can do this!" So, I followed his instructions, rewinding over and over, to make sure I had these minor changes correct, and what to my wondering taste buds appeared, but the "Best Meatballs [I] Ever Made!" But, of course, the true test would be for Logan to taste one, and the next time he visited us my meatballs passed the Logan Test! In fact, sometime later, he "Facetime'd" me (that's when you can actually see the person you are calling), and he wanted me to ship some meatballs to New York, where he lives!

By this time, you might be thinking, what does all of this have to do with church or faith or God? Well, I think it comes down to this: the subtle changes in life can have a huge impact on us. God gives us subtle changes all the time, but sometimes we miss what God is doing. Like the weather affecting the changing leaves or the ingredients in a recipe affecting the outcome of a favorite dish, I think October is a good time of year to be mindful of change and to have faith that God knows what is best for us! After all, we all enjoy the beauty of the changing leaves and even a good meatball now and then!

Praise be to God, our Creator!

The Reverend Nancy L. Moore, Pastor

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