Written by: Rev. Katrina Pekich-Bundy 08/01/2022

In July my family took a trip one day to Detroit to visit Lego Land. I’ll be honest with you – when I’m picking out museums and events, Lego Land is not my top choice. But, we’d done things summer that were chosen by the adults, so it was the kids’ turn to choose. Some of you have heard this story but indulge me as I tell it again.

We walked into Lego Land and my younger child said, “MOM! They have slides! Come on! Let’s live our life!” From the day this child was born they have been brimming with joy – shaking with excitement at a scoop of avocado as a baby, to slides at Lego Land. This kid knows what life is about.

I share this with you because it brought me great joy – something I think we could do with a bit more these days. I wonder what brings you joy?

Part of being a faith community is sharing in one another’s burdens, but it is also celebrating the joys. It means shaking with joy at the big things (birth, wedding, graduation, new job) and at the smaller things (a card from a friend, a phone call, enjoying the outdoors). I am a firm believer God wants to hear all our prayers – that includes prayers for our families, people who are ill, people who are grieving, people battling addiction, our pets, and more. There is nothing too silly to pray about in my mind.

Many years ago when I was in seminary I was serving at a church that did “sads and glads.” This is a phrase we use in my family each night as we talk about the things in our day that bring us joy and sadness. One particular Sunday a small boy (maybe three or four years old) shared his joy: “CAPTAIN CRUNCH CEREAL!” he shouted to the entire congregation. So, we prayed a word of thanks to God for Captain Crunch Cereal. Because God is in the big stuff and the little stuff. God is in the messiness of life and the simplicity. When I have had a rough day, sometimes I can find joy in just sitting on my back porch and embracing nature. Sometimes there’s great joy in the satisfying crunch of cereal. Sometimes there is great joy in a warm blanket on a cold day.

I find great joy in being back in Alma, in being your minister, and serving this community. I can hardly believe a year has gone by, but it has been a wonderful year, and I can’t wait to see what the next year holds.

Where do you find joy this day?

PASTOR’S NOTE Written by: Rev. Katrina Pekich-Bundy

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