ENOUGH

Sunday, December 30, 2018, was Harlan's last day to conduct worship as Pastor of the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem in Selkirk. The church was filled...with laughter and tears, singing and stories--God's stories and our own, celebration and sadness, peace, hope, joy and love...there was "ENOUGH" ...

There was enough time to enter the quiet
enough company to taste communion
enough space to let me wander
enough light to see the bittersweet
enough stillness to hear the bird song
enough deadness to feel the loss
enough life to see the hope
enough mystery to feel the shadows
enough questions to make me wonder
enough memory to bring the tears
enough abundance to give me joy
enough desire to wait
enough longing to stay
enough love to
Be
Enough

After eighteen years of having the pleasure of dwelling on this sacred land, with its bountiful gardens, trees, creatures and community, we humbly say "Thank you, thank you, thank you. And so, Amen!
(special thanks to son-in-law, Paul Richardson, for the photos!)

                                                                                            … Ellen Ratmeyer

REFLECTIONS FROM RAY ...

EVERYTHING WE TAKE COMES AT THE EXPENSE OF SOMETHING ELSE

Next to the chair in which I take my morning coffee sits my Bible, several devotional guides, and the television remote. Over the course of time, it has become apparent that whichever I reach for first can have a subtle yet profound effect on the rest of my day.  Unfortunately this insight doesn’t always lend itself to me making a positive choice.  Having always been prone to distraction, or curiosity as it was referred to in my younger days, I often find myself challenged by this current “information age.”  Scripture encourages us to “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:8).  To that end, I have recently cancelled my cable television in an effort to indeed draw nearer.  Although there is still enough out there to keep me distracted, I do feel that I have created a little more space for which the Holy Spirit to roam.  Now about that Internet …………… 

                                                                        -- Ray Reuter, Elder

Harlan E. Ratmeyer, Pastor

38 Church Rd.

Selkirk, New York