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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

August 3, 2012


There are noticeable months of the year when we have more visitors at church than other times. We have been blessed with numerous visitors every week of the year, but January is always strong and the summer months are too.

I think there is a reason for that. It’s the continual pull in everyone’s life that we are going to do that which we have been promising ourselves. We make New Year’s resolutions to turn over a new leaf and come January we exercise more, eat healthy foods more often, commit to doing more reading and less TV watching and to finding a church home. Summer time gives us a similar opportunity, especially August.

I have stated many a time that I love June, July and August and note how they come and go much too quickly. But I notice that within me is the pull to re-invent myself when August rolls around. Vacations do that to us.

When you are on a remote beach or hiking in a pristine forest, the idea of making it your home is very strong. One can imagine having eagles soar overhead each day or golden sands underneath your feet each morning. But the reality is that you gotta have a job; and so the call of the wild or of the surf is relegated to our vacation times. Still, we all know folks who have done so, and I tip my hat to them. The rest of us must be content to dream.

About this time of year when many church-goers are recommitting to finding that church which will nurture them, I am dreaming of ways to extend my kayaking around the lake.

Vacations are about re-invention… and reality. It’s great to go there, nearly impossible to sustain, and yet irresistible to try. Due to my chosen profession, I seem to have that church attendance-thing pretty well mastered. I am grateful for it every day too. But, that does not keep my thoughts in autumn from straying to the pole barn in Michigan where my red kayak is in storage.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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