The Shepherd’s Vigil 5/5/2021

A Weekly Message from Rev. Rafe Vigil, Senior Pastor

“Love is patient” 1 Corinthians 13:4

This scripture is from the popular love chapter of the bible. There are beautiful words of what love is and is not, like love is patient and not selfish. The chapter ends with faith, hope and love abide these three and the greatest is love.

This is a grand notion of love and sounds difficult. Patience is hard and if love is patient, then to love is difficult. Love is not an easy warm feeling that makes everyone happy. Love is the hard work of patience when dealing with others. (As I write this my wife and I are losing our patience over a company that won’t answer the phone when we have a dispute.)

We have been very patient as a faith community waiting for our new mission building. It was over 5 years ago we moved out of the moldy office trailers and put cubicles in the worship area. It was four years ago we did a fund-raising campaign to fund the building. Then more waiting each step of the way. Plans, permits, and builders to coordinate just to break ground.

We did finally break ground on a 9-month building project. That was a year and a half ago. We have just moved our offices into the new space. Nourishing lives has moved their work in the mission building too and that is working well. Finally, there is a little more space in the worship area, and we are moving forward.

This took a lot of patience. Thank you. This is what love looks like, patient but diligent in the work. I pray the Lord is growing patience and other love values in you. Patience is certainly part of the work of love.

Pastor Rafe