Hagerstown Church of the Brethren
15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-733-3565 * FAX: 301-733-3598

"Church in the Heart of the City with the City at Heart"
Continuing the work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.

From Pastor Audrey's Desk - August 2018

July was a busy month.  In one month Pastor Tim and I traveled to/from North Carolina, Ohio, Florida and  Colorado.  We saw a whole variety of friends and family, worshiped with all sorts of people and created all kind of different memories.  
As we made our travels I couldn’t help but think about Psalm 139:1-3,7-10: “O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways…Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.”  I felt many sacred moments over the last month as I  enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation at the beach, the harmony of thousands  singing hymns of praise, the gift of memories and time to reminisce with loved ones, and the joy of youth being deeply rooted in faith.  It didn’t matter what state I was in, how I was feeling, or whom I was with, God was there.  We covered over 6,000 miles this month and there was not a single moment when God was not with us.  Sometimes I was more aware of God’s presence with us than others, but I have no doubt that God was there. 
Maybe you have finished your travels for the summer or are still anticipating a  vacation or two before you are back in the routine of fall.  Maybe you haven’t  traveled this summer but have kept busy around town. Sometimes we need an extra reminder that there is nowhere we can go that God cannot follow. It doesn’t matter if we are here or there, home or traveling, God doesn’t need to fit in your suitcase to come with you. This may be both startling and comforting.  In our moments where we are hoping our actions are hidden from others, God sees.  This thought can be unsettling; we can hide nothing from God.  However, God’s unending presence also gives us hope.  God is present even when we feel abandoned by everyone else.  
The subtitle in one of my Bibles for Psalm 139 says the theme for this scripture is “The Inescapable God.”  I pray you feel God with you in both the joys of the  mountains and the despair of the valleys.  God goes with you if you ascend to  heaven and if you make your bed in unsavory places.  You cannot escape God’s love in any of your travels. May this both bring you peace and startle you into  deeper awareness of God with you wherever you go.