Is God like the Great Pumpkin?by Rev. Grant Gunnink on 10/27/13
As a kid, one of my favorite Halloween activities was watching the TV special "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" where Charlie Brown, his dog Snoopy and the rest of the gang go trick-or-treating while Linus waits, as he does every year, in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to appear and bring him gifts. Linus believes that if he is sincere enough, and if he does not doubt, that the Great Pumpkin will come and bring gifts to him. But each year Linus is dissapointed.
Makes we wonder if we relate to having faith in Jesus the same way. Maybe we think that if we are sincere enough, if we believe hard enough, then faith and Jesus can be real for us! But what if we struggle with this, what if it's hard for us to believe? Will we, like Linus, be disappointed every time we wait for God to show and instead we end up feeling like we've been tricked instead of treated!
The good news is that it really doesn't depend on our efforts. Faith and the ability to believe is actually a gift from God... and one of the ways God distributes this gift is through the church.
So, if you are looking for faith or you need some help with believing, you don't have to wait out there, like Linus in the pumpkin patch by yourself. Come and visit us at Valleyview, you don't need to dress up, no masks are needed, just come and discover what God wants to treat you with.
Hallowed Blessing to you!