|Good Morning Pilgrims,
My commute up 147 was eerily quiet this morning, as area schools and businesses closed their doors to prepare for the inclimate weather coming our way….whatever that may turn out to be.
The office, also normally busy, has been strangely quiet, allowing Marty and I to fast forward prep for Sunday, in the event of potential power outage tomorrow.
Knowing Florence is hovering just off North Carolina’s coast, it may feel odd for me to be drawing your attention to our newly installed solar panels. Panels that will probably not be kissed by sunlight for a quite a few days. But as the song goes….”the sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar, tomorrow”–be glad you can’t hear me singing as I write 🙂
And yet….I have been praying with Jesus’ question in our gospel text this week, wrestling with how we answer who we say Jesus is, which leads me to another question–who do we say that we are?
As the trustees prayerfully considered recommending turning the idea of solar panels into our reality, one of them made the observation that the solar panels would offer a visual statement to all who pass by our campus of just who Pilgrim is–a faithful steward of God’s beloved creation.
I know this to be true in the various community meetings in which I find myself and invariably, someone turns and says, “Hey, drove by your property the other day. When did you install solar panels, that’s awesome!”
And it is. It is also beautiful that we have raised $11,000 to date in our capital campaign. That figure puts us just $9,000 short of our goal of $20,000. I believe we can still meet our goal with your help. If those of us who have not yet pledged band together in this last push, with whatever amount one can commit, I believe this figure will quickly rise to the challenge. In so doing, we impact greatly our residual loan amount.
So Pilgrim, who do we say that we are? I pray that our actions meet our hope’s desire.