Fruitland First United Methodist Church
Saturday, January 20, 2018
A Small Church With a Big Mission.

Pastors Notes


From the Jim's Cluttered Desk . . .  
"Then Simeon blessed them..."
Luke 2:34

What does it mean to bless someone? We say, "bless you" when a sneeze is heard. We take time before a meal to "bless" the food. But what is a blessing?

It seems as though a blessing is a gift which can take many forms. Yes, it can take the form of a prayer, formal or extemporaneous. It can be someone's presence during a crisis or simply to displace loneliness. It might be an encouraging message that arrives in the mail or social media. Sometimes it is very measurable such as a monetary gift that helps pay unexpected expenses or a food box from a food bank.

There have been times I didn't recognize a blessing when it was given. Only the passage of time revealed the blessing.

So, how did Simeon bless Mary and Joseph? The best (and safest) answer is, "We don't know." But when Mary knew when she told Luke this story. Years after it happened she still remembered. That's the way blessings work. They stick with us.

So, bless someone today. It might be as simple as a smile or a kind word. It might be a spoken prayer. It might be some cash given to a stranger. Even Mary and Joseph needed a blessing. And Simeon gave it.


See you Sunday,

Pastor Jim