This Week at John McMillan Presbyterian Church: October 4, 2020

One of my favorite movies is “Jeremiah Johnson”. Released in 1972 and staring Robert Redford, it tells the tale of a young man who goes to live in the Rocky Mountains as a “mountain man”. Johnson is unequipped to survive in the hostile environment but is fortunate to come across a seasoned mountain man by the name of Bear Claw Chris Lapp who is willing to teach Johnson how to survive. One of the interesting underlying themes of the movie is why would someone want to be a “mountain man”. The life is one of almost complete isolation from the “civilized” world. Bear Claw’s explanation for his decision is a brief one liner, easy to miss. When he meets Johnson, Bear Claw notices that Johnson is wearing pants form an army uniform. He says this: “Must have missed another war down there.” It seems Bear Claw left “down there” because of the wars. He needed to get away. And it worked for him. It sometimes seems we are in a situation that pushes us to “get away”, doesn’t it? We want to escape. Now the vast majority of us don’t want to go to the mountains and live a life of isolation, but we do want to find a place to get away to when we want to “miss the wars down there”. Believe it or not, God knew we needed that. And God made it one of the commandments. It’s called Sabbath. Come and hear about it Sunday, October 4, 2020 in the parking lot (rain or shine) at John McMillan Presbyterian Church or online at the John McMillan Facebook page at 10am when Pastor Jeff preaches, “A Mental Health day”. Join us!

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