First United Methodist Church of West Chicago
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Loving God ~ Following Jesus ~ Serving Others

 The Station

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What comes to your mind when you hear the word "Station?" There are a lot of different ways we can think about a station: Being in a railroad town, an obvious kind of station is a train station. Transportation stations (think buses too) are a place where we start a journey with others. We are going somewhere, and are not just walking or driving on our own, but taking a ride with lots of other people, aka 'mass transit.' There are broadcasting stations, meaning TV and radio. There are stations for different ages and interests (HGTV, Outdoor channels, Disney, Rock, Lite, R&B).
Even in different languages, broadcasting stations communicate a message to whoever will listen. Then there are the ever important stations "To serve and protect," the police and fire stations. These public service stations are there to keep us safe, and help us when there is an emergency.  Maybe you've used it to talk about a stop in a rotation, where you do a different activity at each place for a certain time. Or maybe you've heard it used to talk about someone's job or status, 'station in life.' And we use it talking about Good Friday and the different places and 
sufferings Christ went through. But the one I have skipped so far is the one that I was thinking of when I picked the name: a gas station. Sometimes called a 'fueling station,' it's where we go to get what we need to keep going where we're going and doing what we're doing. The Station is meant to be a place where we can find what we need from God, who gives us everything we have. This idea came from reading a prayer of Paul found in Ephesians chapter 3. "When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (NLT) "that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (NIV) Notice: "filled with the fullness of God." The Station can be a place where we go on an journey with others, where we receive a message, where we are protected and helped when in need, and my prayer is that it is a place where we are filled with the good things God has for us, where we know and feel His love for us. And then from that, we can share it with others.