I’ve been thinking…

about how the proper perspective makes all the difference. I recently read interviews done with soldiers who had been involved in the D-Day invasion, as allied forces landed on the shore of Nazi occupied France in 1944.  A U.S. Marine who had landed at Omaha beach lived through the horrific battle scenes of landing craft being blown up, and soldiers cut to pieces as they ran for cover. He said, “As I huddled on the beach, there were bodies and body parts everywhere. The sand was red, and the air was whistling with Hot metal – shells, bullets. We couldn’t move and everywhere the carnage and destruction was around me. And I thought to myself, “we’re going to lose. We can’t get set up on shore. We’re going to lose.” They interviewed another man, this one an air reconnaissance flyer for the British. What did you see? What were you thinking? “I was flying at 8,000 feet, and I could see the coast, I could see the Canadians pressing forward at Juno Beach, and I could see the American paratroopers who had dropped behind the lines, and they were moving back pinching the enemy against the shore, and the tanks were being unloaded in places and Allied Forces breaking through and bunkers being over-run, and enemy positions destroyed, and I thought to myself, “We’re going to WIN. We’re actually going to WIN!!” Perspective. “I had nearly lost confidence; my faith was almost gone…until I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood…” (Psalm 73:2, 17) Life can seem confusing and disheartening at times. But something happens in church – we get God’s perspective – the big picture, the long view. Over my sabbatical weeks away I was able to worship in 7 United Churches, 2 Anglican, 2 Free Methodist, and an Evangelical Missionary congregation. A diverse mix: from small & rural, to large, vibrant, metropolitan. There was always a God-moment for me… something the preacher said that clicked, a line that was sung that inspired me, a whispered prayer that moved me. Something happened in church. So welcome! …and welcome back!  May the Holy One raise you up to see all of life clearly and accurately from the divine perspective. The Lord be with you.  ORVILLE