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From the desk of Reverend, Carl Freeto

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Travelling Light

Linda and I have just returned from our “retreat” in New Hampshire and it amazes me how much
preparation it takes to get ready to make a trip. At our age we need to take the medications that we are assigned,
clothes, shoes, things for the bath, towels…. well, you get the idea. We really do not travel light.

Meanwhile, I’m exploring Luke 10 and once again dealing with Jesus calling us to travel light as we share our faith with
folks who have never heard. What does that mean for you and I? (Luke 10: 1-4) (1) After this the Lord appointed
seventy-two[a] others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
(2) He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out
Workers into his harvest field. ( 3 ) Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. (4) Do not take a purse or bag or
sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

Can we apply Jesus’ word here to our lives? I think so. For example, notice that he has an expectation that we will
depend on each other as he sends his disciples out two by two. Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to risk
being a witness if someone else comes along with you? He reminds them (and us) that there are many people who
have never heard that they are loved by the God. He tells us to pray for the addition of more folks willing to help. And,
Jesus does not excuse us if others refuse. The reference to being like lambs seems to me a reference to our wiliness to
remain calm when we are attacked as we prepare persons to meet Jesus.

The hardest part of Luke 10 is that part that commands us to “travel Light.” In a culture of plenty, how do we travel
light? I suspect that the answer is that we are called to understand that we do not need anything to act out Jesus’ love
toward others. Maybe to “travel Light” is to know that we do not need to go anywhere except where we already are.
And, that we do not need to seek out the lost as they are all around us.

It’s good to be home! So, as I put away my meds, hang up my clothes, get my bath in order…maybe I’m being called to
simply help those folks around me to experience Jesus’ arrival. If I am willing to trust that Jesus is enough for me...I can
“Travel Light”. Maybe that is how you and I can be his witnesses. Our trust and faith in Jesus will be the only tool
needed to reveal him to those we meet.

See you in Church on Sunday!

Pastor Carl