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around-the-corner-05-13-1This is truly a time filled with moments to “savor.” After an unusually cold winter, we now are enjoying warmer weather, and I am still savoring the first 70 degree day in a very long time. Savoring the coldest day (21 degrees)? Well, not so much. But, looking back over an entire lifetime, there are many things we can remember and savor.

One thing to be “savored” this year is the fact that we finally rescued Easter and removed it from the month of April. Maybe God ordered the calendar planners for 2013 to “sequester” Easter, which, according to Wikipedia, means to “separate,” or “set aside.” He knew it is just too painful to endure “Tax Day” around the same time period as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ.

Probably some of my tax day pain comes from worrying that I will receive a call from the auditor, advising me that Uncle Sam is “resurrecting” some old tax law which I considered dead and buried a few years back. That would be a moment to be sequestered, not savored.

Likely, there are many moments worthy of sequestration. Any comment not regarded as uplifting or helpful, might qualify. For example, one of my young grandsons recently told me, “Granny, you are old, old.” Okay, I agreed with him. But he went on, “My other Grandma is just old!” Oh my! Why did I not see this coming? Not really a Granny self-esteem booster—not savory at all.

Another not-so-savory moment which still lingers in my mind happened when I was a very young child. I awoke in a small, rural church where my Dad had been preaching, only to discover I was alone and the door was locked. My parents had forgotten I was asleep on the pew, and had driven away before roll call. They reportedly were several miles down the road before they added the number of kids, and the total was less than eight. Number four was not accounted for. Fortunately, they came back and retrieved me. This was a good thing, and I still savor that moment!

Next month, an event which we Nazarenes sequestered four years ago will be resurrected, celebrated, and savored. The General Assembly of the international Church of the Nazarene will convene, and we will lift our praises to God. We also will try to ascertain His collective will for our church until we convene again in 2017—a savorable time.

As we know, the chief purpose of the General Assembly and Conventions is to lift up Christ. Our prayer is that this global event will unify and glorify God. It is true, though, that some of us go only to “lobby.” (We sit in hotel lobbies, and wait to visit with every friend or acquaintance who happens to come by.) I’ll have to admit that in past events, I have been accused of much lobbying. But God promised that “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20). How can it get any better than that? It’s simply an unintended consequence of a memorable gathering, a savorable portion of the event.

In reality, we live in a world where it seems our choices are either to sequester or savor. General Assembly can serve as a break from the world of earthquakes, sinkholes, tsunamis, mixed metaphors, political disagreements, and a world steeped in upheaval and fear. It is a time to “re-savor” our belief in God, knowing He will not allow anything to sequester His children.

St. Paul, writing to the church in Rome, states it eloquently: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39).

Savor the moments!!

Justine Knight was raised in a parsonage and married to a Nazarene minister for more than 50 years.

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