We pass many people during the day, most of whom are strangers. We don't know each other, so it may not be considered our happiness even if they are happy. The same goes even if they are unhappy. But if we know someone, it's different. We feel compassion for what they are going through, and sometimes it breaks our hearts or makes us happy. This is because knowing someone's name means that a relationship has begun.
When I was appointed to our charge last year, you decided to wear name tags in the Sunday service. Everyone knew each other's names. But for me, you wore your name tags every Sunday service for quite a while. Some of you even told me funny things about your names to help me remember them.
I've gotten to know many of the members' names, and I know who is a family and who is a couple. Now, when they share something happy, I feel happy for them, and when they have something difficult, I pray for them. I have a list with the names of 178 members, many of whom I have never met. Just by knowing a name, we cannot say that we know the person. We get to know each other when we meet face-to-face and talk about ourselves.
I want to know who you are, not just your name. I want to hear your story, and I want to tell you mine. Let's share the love and abundant blessings that God has brought into our lives, whether in your home or at church, wherever you are comfortable. As we tell our stories, we may even discover God's plans for us and our churches. September marks the beginning of a new school year, and I hope it marks the beginning of a new relationship with you.
“He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:10-11
Love and blessings in Christ,
Pastor Dr. Hyuntae Kim