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Editor's Note

About the author: Throughout this process of putting together these Advent devotionals, people have said that it feels awkward to write about themselves for their bio. As the editor, it feels even more awkward, I believe, but here goes: Sally Bias serves as the communications director at ZPC. She has been on staff since 2003 and a ZPC member since 1998. She has three children: Carly, who is a freshman at IU; Celia, who is a junior in high school; and Carter, who is in 7th grade.  

About this post: This blog post is part of a series of daily devotionals where we are exploring traditional Advent themes of waiting, mystery, redemption, and incarnation. To sign up to receive text notification of these posts, text zpc advent to 39970. Advent booklets are also available at the ZPC Welcome Center. We welcome your comments and questions each day.

Redemption | Matthew 4:17

From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’

 

Have you ever seen something coming up in your life that you didn’t want to happen? I’ve experienced this a few times; most recently when my oldest daughter’s graduation from high school was approaching. I began to have anxiety about her “leaving.” The conversation in my head went something like this: “Have I done enough? Was I involved enough? Did I intervene enough? Did I teach her enough? Did I show up enough? Did I love her enough?” And on and on. It felt urgent and very uncomfortable. I had had 18 years of working toward “enough” with Carly. Did I make the most of every opportunity? Maybe. But probably not. Would I ever know if I had been enough for her? Maybe. But probably not. 

My thoughts during that time remind me a little of today’s scripture: "Repent—turn back—for the end of Carly’s high school career has come near!"

I know that I am not done parenting Carly…even 18 months after her graduation. There are many more opportunities to be enough for her. I’m also pretty sure that sometimes I will fail her and she me. In this imperfect world, we will let each other down. Does that mean we stop trying? I don’t think so. I think the exact opposite is true. We keep choosing to connect. We keep choosing to show up. We keep choosing to love. Even though it can be painful and even though I am often not good at it and even though sometimes, if I’m honest, I just don’t want to. The urgency of the time I have left with Carly (and with her siblings, Celia and Carter) and also the importance of those relationships encourages me to choose the good stuff. And I am so grateful for grace, which says “You are flawed, you mess up, you do stupid things, and I love you anyway.”

We can all fall into this pattern of fear, wondering whether we have been or are enough in our earthly relationships. For me, this fear translates to my relationship with God as well. If I allow it to, today’s scripture feeds right into that pattern of fear. But I truly believe that God doesn’t want to frighten us. He does, however, want us to have a complete understanding of what is coming and therefore an opportunity to make the most of the time we have on Earth. I want to be able to get to the end of my time and say I did know God enough. I did point to God enough. I did love God enough. And even if those statements are not exactly true, realize that, as the embodiment of grace, he loves me anyway.

Prayer

Father God,

It is so hard to understand how amazing you are or how amazing it will be when we see you face-to-face. Thank you for your gift of life. We pray that you will help us to reach out to others with the hope and love that you give to us. 

We love you, Jesus.

Amen

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ZPC honors Scouts on Scout Sunday

Robert Baden-Powell founded Boy Scouts in London in 1908. American D. Boyce brought Boy Scouts to the United States on February 8, 1910. Since that time, Scouting has grown in the United States from around 2,000 Boy Scouts and leaders to millions of participants today. ZPC is delighted to have many Scout families in its congregation and to benefit from several Eagle Scout Projects. On Sunday, February 12, we celebrated Boy Scout Sunday at ZPC and recognized and honored Scouts and their commitment to God.

One of the 12 Scout Laws is “A Scout is Reverent.” Carson Castle, 11, explains what it means to be reverent. “Reverent, to me, means to be full of worship and to have full respect for everyone including your enemies.” Carson’s brother, Bryce, is an Eagle Scout. ZPC benefitted from Bryce’s Eagle Scout Project, which was building a 266-foot split rail fence that divides the upper and lower ZPC parking lots. Bryce’s project was a continuation of another Eagle Scout Project that Michael Argentine, who is now a student at Purdue, completed a few years earlier. Michael‘s project built steps that connect the parking lots, providing a safe place for people to walk from one parking lot the other.

To Eagle Scout Ryan Carr, 18, being reverent means “you have a solid
relationship with God, but you respect the beliefs of others around you as well.” Ryan’s Eagle Scout Project built a fence around the ZPC dumpster on the east side of the church to remove it from view. The fence replaced the existing trees that served as a screen. These trees died every few years and needed to be replaced frequently. Ryan’s brother Jason, 15, is also involved with Scouting. He indicates that to him being reverent means “to do what God has planned for you.”

Another part of the Scout Law reinforces Scouts’ duty to God. For 12-year-old Brady Forler this means, “that through tough things, even political crisis, you should always do your best to be connected with God.” Thomas Wallbank, also 12, states “This phrase means to me that you will help everyone at all times and be a good citizen. I will not despise someone because of what they look like.”

These Scout values that we highlighted on Sunday strengthen character in family, community, and faith. Zachary Schwarz, 14, lives this out in his daily life. Zachary says, “I try to be respectful of others and be a good neighbor. God teaches us to love one another.”

Scouting brothers, Ian Ray, 15, and Bryan Ray, 12, agree with Zachary stating “reverence and a duty to God and others should be a part of all that we do.”

In addition to these important values, Scouting also helps educate boys on saving lives, serving others, developing character, encouraging conservation, and growing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) leaders. Thomas Burgess, 17, was able to utilize these values when he completed a 12 X 16 foot storage shed for his Eagle Scout Project. The shed was for the Boys and Girls Club West and sits near the Zionsville Youth Soccer Association fields. 

ZPC was proud to honor this group of young Scouts for their commitment to God and to our community.

If you’d life more information on Scouting, connect with Cherie Castle or Cynthia Carr or go to crossroadsbsa.org.

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