Pass­ing it on

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2 Corinthi­ans 1:3-4 (Com­mon English Bi­ble)

May the God and fa­ther of our Lord Je­sus Christ be blessed! He is the com­pas­sion­ate fa­ther and God of all com­fort. He’s the one who com­forts us in all our trou­ble so that we can com­fort other peo­ple who are in ev­ery kind of trou­ble.

It’s the be­gin­ning of cold and flu sea­son. The weather is start­ing to cool off a bit. The leaves are on the verge of chang­ing. Soon it will be Oc­to­ber, and time for all the fes­tiv­i­ties of Fall Fests, Change the World Day, and pump­kins. I love fall weather and the col­ors that re­mind us that there are sea­sons and cy­cles to life.

Just as there are cy­cles to the phys­i­cal world around us, our emo­tional world also has cy­cles. Some days are brighter and cheerier than oth­ers. Some days, we find our­selves re­mem­ber­ing and miss­ing those we love who are no longer with us, and so we are sad. Dur­ing those sad times of re­mem­ber­ing, the peace of Christ can come to us and bring us com­fort.

Why are we com­forted in our sad or lonely times? So that we can com­fort oth­ers. Paul re­minds us in the pas­sage above that God com­forts us in all our times of trou­ble so that we can be a com­fort for oth­ers. We are the hands and feet of the in­vis­i­ble God, and we share God’s love with oth­ers in how we live and in how we reach out to help oth­ers.

On Satur­day, Oct. 13, peo­ple all around New­ton County will gather on the lawn of Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church for “Change the World” day — a day set aside to share God’s love with oth­ers in very vis­i­ble ways. Be­gin­ning with a 5K and Fun Run, we will spend the day do­ing fun things, rais­ing money for mis­sions, and ac­tu­ally do­ing mis­sions by help­ing to re­fur­bish and spruce up Academy Springs Park. It will be a day of car­ing and shar­ing that I hope you will not miss.

But or­ga­nized ef­forts are not the only way to reach out to oth­ers. We reach out to oth­ers ev­ery day in the words we say and by our ac­tions. Some peo­ple will only know that God loves them when we reach out to them, lis­ten to them, and share our own story of how God loves us all. When we take time to lis­ten to oth­ers, we pass along the love of Christ. When we take time to love and help oth­ers, we pass on the God’s love.

Re­mem­ber the old song we used to sing in the 70s and 80s — Pass it on? “It only takes a - ing, and soon all those around can warm up in its glow­ing. That’s how it is with God’s love once you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced it, you want to sing, it’s fresh like spring, you want to pass it on.” Will you be the spark to light the fire of the love of Christ in those around you? Will you bring com­fort to oth­ers as you pass on God’s love?

Rev. Jan McCoy is the as­so­ciate pas­tor of Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church in down­town Cov­ing­ton. She may be reached at jan.mccoy@ngumc.net.

JAN MCCOY COLUM­NIST

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