Pastor Meg Jackson Clark
It is the Easter season, a time to celebrate the new life we have in Jesus Christ, and yet the pandemic rages on, leaving in its wake the wreckage of grief, poverty, and anxiety. In times like these, we can find comfort in turning to God’s Word, and hearing what it has to say to us hear and now.
Recently, I asked our Fellowship Sunday School Class to reflect on the themes of Psalm 23. What is a metaphor to describe who God is to you today? What signifies to you that God is with you during difficult times? Where do you think God might be leading you? Which of God’s gifts do you hope will be with you always? Weaving the class’s responses into a whole, we created a psalm for our times, which I am glad to share. May it open your imagination to see God’s presence in these days.
“The Lord is the air we breathe and the wind at our backs, the rock we lean on, and the anchor that holds us steady.
God is the big guy in charge and our Savior, and also our friend and companion.
The Lord lifts, nudges and caresses us, gives us patience, comfort, and the ability to endure,
and restores us with forgiveness, acceptance, encouragement and love.
The Lord leads us to learn and to give, to grow in grace, and to share in ministry.
God leads us to something beyond what we know, accompanying us to the places God needs us to be.
Even though we lose friends or homes or health, and walk through disruption, disease, dying and grief,
shedding tears for lack of anything else to do, you are with us. The love and support of the community of faith sustains us.
You help us to let go of control, trust you, and find peace. You are our lifeline.
Our lives overflow with the joy of love, with laughter amid grief, and humor alongside sadness.
We are surrounded by the caring and prayers of friends, family, and community.
We revel in the beauty of nature. We are amazed by your gifts of healing, and surprised by your grace.
Surely, your love, peace, forgiveness and grace will follow us, and give rise to joy in each new day.
And we will dwell in the home you have prepared for us, which our church seeks to emulate –
where we are loved and at peace, surrounded by the beauty of your creation,
able to breath deeply of your grace and feel your Spirit blowing among us- forever Amen.
Meg Jackson Clark is our Pastor. She came to the Greensboro congregation in September, 2018. Most recently, Meg served as Pastor of Dallas-Dodd Presbyterian Church in LaGrange, GA, while also working in the Coweta County Public Library System. Prior to her time there, she was Associate Pastor at Newnan Presbyterian Church for 13 years. Meg began her ministry in Atlanta as Chaplain at Piedmont Hospital.
Meg received her education at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.
Meg is married to Steven Brown, her partner in life and ministry. Together they have three adult children - Andy Clark of Newnan, GA, Zack Brown and Stephanie Brown, both of South Carolina. They also have a granddaughter, Rowan Brown.
Meg and Steve have a life-long love of various types of music, and enjoy attending concerts, and adding their voices to the choir. Occasionally, Meg’s violin makes an appearance at worship. Meg leads a Book Club at the Greene County Library which focuses on inspirational books. Steven works at Reynolds, Lake Oconee, as well as contributing his talents at church.