Message from Pastor Elaine

Please click here for the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas bio.

Dear All Saints:

I’m sure that I’m not the only one who rushed home after church last Sunday and flipped on the television to watch the second half of the U.S. Women’s National Team win over the Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup from France. This group of talented, confident, and feisty women have been mesmerizing to watch over the past month, although many have described them (individually and collectively) as arrogant and unpatriotic.

Co-captain Megan Rapinoe has been a lightning rod for much of the criticism. Endlessly quotable and amazingly talented, she does her best to silence her critics with her performance. One of her most-repeated statements about how she got to where she is and the perseverance it takes is:

“No matter what life throws at you or how unfair you think it is, never give up; pick yourself up and go on.”

Sunday’s epistle reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians sounded something like that:

“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

There is something to be said for persevering in whatever task is at hand, whether it is a lifelong vocation or a job or a project or even a sport. No, we won’t all be World Cup champions, but if we are faithful in being who God made us to be, we will reap blessings beyond measure. This is not to say that we will have wealth or privilege or success as the world might measure them. No, we will have something of greater value.

“Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Colossians 4:9) How awesome is that?

Blessings to you and yours,

ASEPMessage from Pastor Elaine