Pastor’s Ponderings

Dear Woodmar Family & Friends,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Summer is just around the corner.  What are your favorite memories of summer?  I invite you to take a moment to reflect on that, or maybe even call a friend with whom you can share your favorite memories!

When I was growing up, summer meant mostly being outside: playing baseball, kickball or basketball in the park with the other kids in town; climbing trees to read books; building an obstacle course in my yard to challenge myself; riding my friend’s horse, mowing the lawn; working in our garden, and helping my dad with projects like roofing a friend’s house, putting siding on the church, etc. I loved to be outside, and I had the tan to prove it: it went from the top of my tube socks to the bottom of my shorts, and from the middle of my biceps to my hands. Anyone else ever wear tube socks?  🙂 Being inside was for practicing the piano, household chores, eating meals with my parents, and sleeping.  Sometimes, I slept

outside in a tent with my friends and we played flashlight tag and talked most of the night. 

As an adult, one of the most memorable summers I ever had was in 2001. 

Antonio was born on May 13th, and we had several visitors over the summer:

Miguel’s mom, Victoria; his sister, Evelyn and her two children: Vico & Gonzalo plus many members of my family. Every day that Miguel’s family was with us, we explored the parks in Valparaiso…we played, had picnics, and just hung out…it was wonderful!  In my mind I questioned if Vico and Gonzalo were having fun, because they were accustomed to going to places like Disney World once or twice per year, and their experience with us was very low-key.  After they went home to Puerto Rico, Evelyn shared with us that her kids said visiting us was the best vacation they’d ever had.

There really is something holy, restful and life-giving about just being.  God

created us to be: to be in fellowship with God and to be in fellowship with each other.  This requires no special preparation, and there’s no ding to the budget…the only requirement is that we show up.

My prayer for all of us is that we make to play, to hang out, and to show up for God, for each other, and for our neighbor.  May we all have a holy, restful, and life-giving summer!

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10a

Living in the Grip of God’s Grace,

Pastor Esta





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