It’s Summer in Minnesota, time to get outside! When I was a kid there was a tree out on the farm that was my favorite climbing tree. It had the perfect spot. A wide branch half-way up where I could lean against the tree trunk and watch the world around me.
There is something irresistible about climbing, isn’t there? Every parent knows that kids love to climb up on anything and everything. And, sure as summer, as those kids grow older the trees around them seem to draw them like ants to a picnic. It’s so much fun to climb up high and see everything and everyone from a new perspective, even yourself!
As we get older the adventure and excitement of climbing trees gives way to more cautious behavior. We don’t want to risk falling. Besides, we’ve already done that. We know what we would see if we did climb the tree. Or, so we think.
This summer I invite you to join us in climbing some trees again. Our new summer worship series starts out with the familiar story of Zaccheaus, the little guy who climbed a tree to try to see Jesus for himself. Join us this summer, at our worship services or via live stream, as we follow the lead of Zaccheaus and try to get a new perspective on some of the most familiar of Jesus’ short stories (parables). Adventure and excitement await as we try to see for ourselves what Jesus is up to. I’ll save you a spot on a branch nearby! – Pastor Lamont