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Community in Action November 18, 2020

And we know that in all things God 

works for the good of those who love him, 

who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

    

    Recently I was thinking of this verse above. As we struggle through another month where it seems the pandemic is not getting better, but is getting worse. The surges are not dissipating, but increasing in number.  We seem to be moving backwards in the color tiered chart, which signifies which businesses can open and when we can start to return to normal activity.

    The above verse reminds us that in the long run God is for us, and if God is for us nothing can overcome us. His care and provision is always there for us. Yet, for me even though the long view is important sometimes I need those little delights which give me the boost I need just to get through the next hour.

    This morning as I was leaving the house a little floppy-eared lab was leading his master for a walk. His inquisitive nature and innocent looking face warmed my heart. As I looked across the street at the trees I was struck by the beauty of the changing colors of leaves. I could smell the freshness in the air because of the most recent rain.

    As I pulled into the church parking lot the little ones were lining up to go to their Pre-school and the parents were chatting with each other about the recent delights they experienced watching their kids grow up. The quiet of the office greeted me with a sense of peace and serenity before the coming storm of activity, which is usually filled with laughter and chatter about family and all the goings on at church.

    I was encouraged. I was lifted up. I was aware that God is walking with me in all the little delights as much as God is working in this world for me and not against me.

    How is your day? How is your week? How is your life? Hang in there. Hold on. Keep the faith, for God will meet us not only in eternity, but also in our daily lives. Just keep your eyes and your ears open. Just listen for the laughter and patter of feet which remind us that God came as a baby for a reason. God came to us in the smallest of packages so we could experience the delight a baby finds in the joy of its surroundings.

    So when it seems the sky is turning too dark for you or the pressures are too difficult to negotiate at the moment remember that not only will God bring us delights to brighten up our lives, God even more delights in us.

    Seeking to be aware of God’s love for us with you,

    Pastor Randy

He reached down from on high and took hold of me;

    he drew me out of deep waters.

He rescued me from my powerful enemy,

    from my foes, who were too strong for me.

They confronted me in the day of my disaster,

    but the Lord was my support.

He brought me out into a spacious place;

    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Psalm 18:16-19

 
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