Fruitland First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Pastors Notes


From Jim's Cluttered Desk . . .  

This is the year of The Psalms for me. It’s hard to admit but The Psalms have never been a focused study priority for me. That’s going to be corrected in 2019.

One unique translation of The Book of Psalms that found its way into my library has this great sentence acknowledging the helpful work of two poets: The labored heroically to prevent me from doing undue violence to the English language in my pursuit of fidelity to the Hebrew, and in most instances they succeeded.

While reading that line images of people who have “labored heroically” on my behalf. Some worked to keep me from making significant errors. Others guided me by teaching. Many by showing me the way by walking it. For that vast group I will forever be grateful.

So, on January 1 I set out to study and meditate on the Psalms. But that endeavor didn’t begin by plunging into the words and meter of Psalm 1. Rather it was a time of gratitude for those who played and now play a part in this great adventure of following Jesus.

I’m looking forward to what our Lord will do in and through us in 2019.


Be not afraid,

Pastor Jim