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The Word This Week
With the weather turning clear and crisp this past week, Fall has announced its arrival. I love this season as it brings an air of warm and cozy things with it - hot beverages, fuzzy blankets, apple picking, hearty soups and homemade pies. A highlight of this season is Halloween and our kids love picking what they will "be" each year as we stroll up and down our street gleaning buckets of candy from our generous neighbors. The idea of dressing up and taking on the identity not just of a different person but of a totally different type of being is a powerful and compelling one for our imaginations, not just for our kids. We often attempt to understand another individual's experience, but Halloween invites us to imagine totally different types of existence. For instance, one of our kids is contemplating being a mailbox this year. What a radically different way of being a mailbox has compared to us humans! It's an interesting costume endeavor to be sure. Incidentally, they want our dog to be a "letter" to complete the picture. Hebrews 2 is an extended reflection on exactly this kind of undertaking. The text explores what it means that Jesus "put on flesh". Far more than donning a mask or a costume, he entered into a way of existing that was totally different from what His given nature was used to. It is the central miracle and truth of the Christian faith and it provides a reality-altering opportunity for you and I to contemplate. I look forward to sharing it with you on Sunday! Pastor Marcus