Rev. Krista Elizabeth Winn in Cole Harbour, NS, sent this delightful story. As you know, Krista was a member of Parkview United Church, growing up right here! And her parents continue to worship at Parkview! We wish her well in her ministry, and thank you, Krista, for your story today. She uses the theme of encouragement, something we all need right about now. We’re getting very tired of COVID-19!
Krista wrote her story just a few weeks ago when she woke up to see snow on the ground. That happened here in Stratford, too, not that long ago! But fortunately, the snow has gone. Spring has come and that certainly gives us encouragement.
As we take Krista’s story to heart, let’s look for ways to build each other up and share encouragement with one another. It brings us cheer! And encouragement is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as written in our scriptures. It is holy work. And to become a holy people, doing God’s work, we should try to become “spoon” people. You will see what that means when you read Krista’s story.
Blessings to all, keep well and keep safe! Rev. Mary
Here is Krista’s story:
1 Thessalonians 5: 11 –
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.”
We all have been feeling the weariness and heaviness of this season. More than ever we need to be a source of encouragement to one another. Our verse reminds us to do just that. It also calls us to edify one another. Edify means simply, that we are to build each other up.
The abundance of snow this morning reminds me of when I first met someone who lives to edify and encourage others. On a day that was too stormy and wintry to be on the road, as a seventeen year old I hopped in my parent’s truck, picked up my two best friends from camp, and went to an interview more than an hour’s drive away.
I was blessed to grow up at our local United Church camp, Camp Bimini near Stratford, Ontario. I grew through the ranks of camper to staff. At that time our camp only ran in July. However, because the Presbytery I grew up in was so big, there was also a second United Church camp on the shores of Lake Huron near Goderich, Ontario. My best camp buddies Donna & Kenji and I wanted to be on staff at that camp, too, so we could be at camp both July and August.
I think we got the job because we drove through a snow storm! I also think we got the job because the camp director was a lady who lives to encourage and edify crazy, young teens with the grace and love of God. The camp director had (and still has), the nickname Spoony. There is a story that goes with her name.
In life we are not to be the kind of people who are like Knives that cut other people down with our words. We are also not to be Forks, for they stab at things and pick at others. God calls us to be Spoons, for spoons gently lift up others and edify them.
Spoony indeed encouraged and built me up the summer I worked for her at Camp Menesetung. She loved on me with grace and patience. She shared God’s Word and Jesus. She let Christ’s light shine through her in how she cared and kindly corrected. She spoke encouragement and lived in ways that spurred on many campers and staff.
The world is full of too many people who are forks and knives. People need encouragement again and again. Spoon people are needed more than ever. Be blessed to go into your day and be a person who encourages and builds up others with your life and your words.