Rev. Dr. Wayne Chasney

Weekly Meditation

Pastor Wayne began his ministry at Monroeville in August, 1993, after graduating from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. Pastor Wayne has his Doctorate of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a focus on ministry in the small church.

In his spare time, Pastor Wayne loves running, reading and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings.

Pastor Wayne is married to Rev. Wendy Schindler-Chasney, pastor of St. John's UCC, Milan. They have two daughters.

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water...In all that they do, they prosper. (Psalm 1:1-2)

    I have heard from expert wine makers that the best wine is made from grapes that grow in the worst soil. You want loose, rocky soil, preferably on an exposed sloping hill, where the sun beats down on the grapes and the wind whips through the leaves and dries out the ground. As one vintner said, "The grapes must struggle. That is how you make good wine."
    Perhaps you've heard the term 'terroir'? (pronounced ter-wah) It is a French term and refers to the total environment from which wine is produced. It's the soil and the climate and the amount of sunlight and the direction the hill faces. This all combines together to give the grapes, and therefore the wine, it's own particular taste and feel. True connoisseurs can tell you where a wine is from just from a simple tasting.
    I have long been convinced that we all root ourselves in something. Bob Dylan may have said it best when he sang, "Gotta Serve Somebody." We may plant our roots firmly in the ground of this world, seeking fame and fortune and everything that goes with it. We may create a terroir for ourselves that is fixated only on ourselves, seeking nothing but our own pleasure and happiness. We may even try to claim we aren't rooted in anything, but simply let ourselves be blown about like dust in the wind.
    Psalm 1 offers another choice and that is to root ourselves in the way of God. We can reach out for God's kingdom and create an environment of love, compassion and kindness. And when we do, then even in times of drought, even when life is a struggle, there is a source of life to sustain us and help us through. We are like trees planted by streams of water. Yes, even in those tough and trying times, we can have life that is like a fine wine.