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Pastor Buzz Trexler's blog for God's people in The Meadow.

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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Lamenting dropped signals and lost connections …

There’s a funny AT&T commercial on television these days.

Apparently some poor consumer is being dragged by police from his friend’s home. His “cell phone” (which looks just like the consumer) explains that that his friend said he could use the house, but just as he was getting the alarm code, his cellular signal “dropped” and he lost the connection.

I know something about “dropped signals” and lost connections, because I have a confession to make: I’m one of those people you hate on the highway. Yes, I use my cellular phone while driving.

I know, I know: It’s not safe, but I have about a 20-minute commute from my office at The Daily Times to my home in West Knoxville. I tend to use that time to call my mother at Ripshin, or someone else who comes to mind. If I don’t make the call when I think about it, I may forget before I get home!

I do this so often that I know exactly where the dropped-signal points are encountered by Sprint users. As the handcuffed cell phone user in the AT&T ad can attest, losing a connection can have disastrous consequences -- for cell phone users, as well as Christians.

God created us to live in community and when believers fall out of community -- i.e., when they fail to gather in worship, mission and discipleship with their community of faith -- it impacts ministry, as well as the believer's spiritual life.

Dropped signals and lost connections are sometimes a part of life, but they don't have to be a permanent occurrence.

After nearly seven years of journeying with God’s people in The Meadow, I am grateful to have experienced faith, hope and love in this small community. I am convinced that God is calling this community of faith to journey the path of existing solely for the benefit of the “others” in our midst, to share with those who are on the verge of losing hope the words of Jeremiah 29:11:

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”

It's never too late to reconnect.

Grace and peace …