Submitted by sjohnson871 on Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:27
chester presbyterian church

 Grace and Peace to You! 
Two stories: 
On the eve of open-heart surgery a pastor asked his cardiologist, “Doctor, can you fix me?” The physician, not known for bedside manner, replied, “Sure.” Then walked away. 
Following the twelve-hour surgery, the patient asked the doctor, “In light of the blocked arteries that I had when I checked into the hospital, how much blood supply do I now have?” “All you’ll ever need,” replied the terse surgeon. 
At discharge, his wife asked the doctor, “What about my husband’s quality of life?” The doctor paused and then said, “I fixed his heart; the quality of his life is up to him.” 
At a prayer breakfast, several men sat chatting. The conversation turned to retirement. One fellow, in his early fifties, noted how much he was looking forward to the end of his career. He told about a conversation he’d had with his wife that very morning.  
“When she asked, ‘What are you going to do when you retire?’ I told her, ‘I’m going to sit on the couch and watch TV all day,’” he said. 
For a moment the table was silent. Then one fellow could keep quiet no longer.  “If you do that you’ll be dead in a year.”  With a wide-eyed, puzzled look, the fellow asked why.  To which the prognosticator answered, “If the lack of purpose in your life doesn’t kill you, your wife will.” 
In John 10, Jesus says that he came that followers might have life and have it abundantly. Spiritually speaking, an abundant life rests not on the amount of stuff we possess, the size of our portfolio or our retirement account.  Jesus’ notion of abundant life speaks to the quality of life we choose living for God and for others.  Like the recovering heart patient or the fellow lusting to be a couch potato, how we live is a choice we make.  
Join us in worship Sunday. Our word for the week is “abundance.” We’ll explore how we can choose to live lives of abundance in God’s sight, through the lens of Jesus feeding the crowd in Matthew 14:13-21 and speaking as the Good Shepherd in John 10:7-10. 
Shalom, Gordon