“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”  I’ve always liked that idiom.  It means, of course, that what one person may consider worthless could end up being highly valued by another person.  There’s this show on HGTV called “Flea Market Flip.”  Each episode a team of two competes against another team of two to turn items found at flea markets into three unique pieces to sell.  They are only given $500 and specific challenges like creating a modern piece or using patterns in their design or what not.  The talent and creativity is really something to see.  It’s fascinating that folks buy old canoes and turn them into cool bookcases or beat-up ship’s wheels and they become a unique end table.

Maybe it’s the whole idea of transformation that is appealing.  When one person discards something, someone else can come along and find something worthwhile.  This is not meant to be an extended reminder about our CFC Tag Sale on Friday and Saturday, but it could be!  However, it is because of our Church Tag Sale that I was thinking about transformation and how good it can be when items that may be collecting dust in a corner of our homes will find new life and pride of place in another person’s home.

Christianity is a religion that emphasizes transformation.  We can think of Christ’s Resurrection.  Or those who encountered Jesus in the Gospels becoming new people altogether after he healed them in both body and spirit.  Think of Saul on the road to Damascus.  These stories give us hope, and they are stories of change.  They are stories about how some people, especially those on the margins, could be viewed with disdain.  But they certainly weren’t viewed that way by Jesus.  Instead, Jesus saw potential, he saw the divine in others, he viewed people as treasures.  Just something to ponder this week. 

(And thank you to everyone who helped with the Tag Sale!  Don’t forget to stop by on Friday or Saturday to find some treasures.)

Pastor Lauren 

Thursday Thoughts 9/23/21

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