From the Pastor’s Desk…

The other day I had a phone call.  The young lady was distraught because she was without a job, without food, and without money.  She had a kid on the way and a boyfriend who had skipped out.   Her rent was due and her utilities were next.  She was relieved that they wouldn’t turn off her power in the winter, but worried nonetheless.  After three hours connecting her to resources and listening to her and just being with her, she was more at rest, able to see at least a game plan ahead.  Her rest was not complete calm nor was it without worry, but it was trust in God.  Psalm 55 is this same story.  Go get out your Bible and read it.  I’ll wait right here until you get done with that……Ok, so see how the psalm starts—all panic filled and despairing and for good reason.  The things were not going right, the rumours were flying, the vultures circling.  The Psalmist just knows things are bad.  And the call goes out to God—where are you?  If I could, it says in verse 6, I would sprout wings and fly away to a resting spot.  But I can’t and they are closing in.

“Give thanks in everything” –1 Thessalonians 5:18

So as this is the month is about giving thanks, I have the following: A 9 year-old boy from Lake Park was talking to me this summer. He had just had a very bad day, falling from his bike and his dog had just died. He stopped to talk to me because he had been at our VBS. And he asked if it was weird to say thanks to God on a day like that. When I said not at all he then said, “Well I’ve been thinking about it, and so I made this picture (it was of his dog) so that he will recognize my dog and then get to play with him and run with him like I did. After all, God just loaned him to me for a while. I can’t think of a better way to thank Jesus.” I am giving you all a spiritual growth task—how would you really thank God from your heart? Be creative, make something or write a poem or sing a song or draw or make something just to say Thanks to God!

Pastor Tim

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
- Colossians 3: 12-14

Sue just knew this was a bad idea. She was prepared to run out of there. These were the folks that had cheated her dad out of money, that had told her mom she was no longer welcome after she had the nerve to stand up to them that day. These are the folks who said they loved her as a child but were always telling her to be quiet. And there was Janice who had told her she would amount to nothing but be a drunkard like her father. Why was she going back there? Why?

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