His name is Harvey and he is the newest member of the Cook family. Scott and I had talked many times about having a smaller dog that could live in the house but with two cats that have spent their whole lives in our home, we were not sure that a new pet would be a good idea. One day, I just decided that we would make it work and began looking at websites for the humane societies and animal shelters in our area for either a beagle or a cocker spaniel. We knew that a puppy would be out of the question, so I looked for an adult dog who needed a new home.
I wasn’t on the internet long before the picture appeared. I took one look at him and told Scott that this was our dog. Scott called the next day and set up an appointment to meet him. I later received a text from Scott with Harvey’s picture asking what I thought. I immediately texted back that it looked like he was saying, “Daddy take me home.”
Scott was told that Harvey was a stray that had been brought in to the animal shelter. It appeared that he had been abandoned by someone – he was not afraid of people and enjoyed being in the house. There was a sad look of disappointment in his eyes. Every time we went outside, he would walk to the car as if to say, “Okay, send me away.” He cowered when you walked up to him and he was afraid of having a stick or ball thrown around him. To be honest, he had been abused.
That was three months ago. Now Harvey is a happy member of our family. He knows that he can depend on us for love, attention, food, and care. The cats tolerate him and he distances himself from them whenever possible. He plays, wags his tail, and that sad look is gone. He is just filled with love for us and we love him in return.
I can’t help but be struck by how our relationship with Harvey is like the relationship we have with God and with the church. We, like Harvey, want to be loved and cared for. We need dependable people who take care about our needs – physical, social, emotional, and spiritual. We need a place that is home for us.
Is your church a place where people can feel that they are home? Do you meet the needs (all the needs) of those around you? Do you include those who are sad, disappointment, and alone so that they can feel God’s love in a new way? That is our call – to be family, not only with those who have been with us their whole lives, but also with those who don’t have a family, to those who needs the love and companionship that comes from sharing together.
Bishop B. Michael Watson announces that he is calling a special Annual Conference session at 10 a.m, Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. The purpose of the session will be to receive a report from the Conference Board of Trustees regarding offers for the Simpsonwood property. Members who must attend are defined in 2012 Book of Discipline paragraph 602 (clergy) and 602.5 (lay). Members should expect to hear and act on a motion for a closed session of Annual Conference in order to hear and discuss the report of the Board of Trustees, followed by an open session of the Annual Conference to consider and to take action on the resolution presented by the Board of Trustees. From 2012 Book of Discipline ¶ 602. Composition and Character - 1. The clergy membership of Annual Conference (¶ 370) shall consist of deacons and elders in full connection (¶ 333), provisional members (¶ 327), associate members, affiliated members (¶¶ 344.4, 586.4), and local pastors under full-time and part-time appointment to a pastoral charge (¶ 317). (See also ¶ 32) ¶ 602.5 The lay member or alternate, whoever was last seated in the Annual Conference, shall be seated in a special session of the Annual Conference when convened, provided that no local charge shall be deprived of its lay member due to death, serious illness or cessation of membership. Under such circumstances, another lay member may be elected by the charge conference. (See ¶ 32.) - See more at: http://www.ngumc.org/newsdetail/426528#sthash.VmEONX7F.dpuf