Do you remember spectrometers from physics class? They are used to separate and measure the different parts of a beam of light or to determine the chemical make-up of stars and planets. The earliest ones were simple prisms that separated ordinary white light into its rainbow-colored components. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a similar tool that could analyze our very complex lives and separate out all the problems and break them down into smaller, more distinguishable and more manageable pieces? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had the capability of going into the disaster zone of our life and use our spiritual spectrometers to determine exactly where God is and how grace is at work?
Paul very much sounds like a pastor in this letter. Here I am, three and half years into my appointment at Willow Glen, and I am still taking delight in you all. The longer I'm here and the more we go through, the better I get to know you and the more dear you become to me. It has been a difficult year for us in a lot of ways, but when things aren't easy in life, they get a lot clearer in faith. And it's in the difficult times that your pastor gets to see your soul peeking through. So let me tell you some of the things I've been seeing and giving thanks for this year.