Wow. God moved in Linwood on Tuesday…and in a mighty way. With our church’s new partnership with Second Harvest out of St. Joseph, we were able to have a fresh food drop and gave food to about 400 people in just a couple hours. Thank God and the good people at Second Harvest! We also want to thank Cindy, LES principal, Assistant Superintendent Reeves, Arlene, Arlie, Lianne, and so many others.
As we move forward with our partnership with Second Harvest we will be able to provide a pantry. We are hopeful that Second Harvest will come back with the fresh food truck, but that is under review as they need a space and volunteers I believe we have the volunteers and can find the space. If you are interested in helping with that service or with the pantry, contact Pastor Bianca. Many hands make the work light. God bless you bunches.
As we read and pray over these verses for this series, it is easy to let our minds wander. We may wonder if these verses are true…they are. We may wonder if it is all doom and gloom…it is not. We may wonder if anyone understands our feelings or situations…maybe. This last point is the one I want to address briefly here. Feeling alone can be devastating and even a “killer” (of dreams, hopes, or life for example). And feeling alone is very strong. We, as the social beings that we are, like to belong and connect with others. Even introverts! But being alone together is tough. We may, especially if depression is lurking nearby, feel some of these emotions Paul described in these verses. But as God’s representative to you, please be assured that you are not alone…at all…ever. That is one of the promises in this section. Look at verses 38-39. Paul is convinced…that is a choice…that God in Christ Jesus will never be separated from him. Nothing can separate Paul from God. Paul lists a few things that some people may think will separate Paul from God. I would add to Paul’s list that a pandemic cannot separate us from God…job loss can’t separate us…people leaving us can’t separate… even ____ (you fill in the blank) can’t separate us from God. I pray you are convinced of this truth.
What we look at has our attention and our energy. Please consider focusing on what you have in Christ that cannot be separated from you and less attention on the other items. It is not to be Pollyanna about these things. They do matter and God knows they do to you. But, they will pass, they truly will. Staying focused and being fully convinced that God is with you allows you to relax and see options that were there all along…how much God loves you and is with you no matter what. It is tough right now. And we have God’s Word, the Bible, to help us face and overcome whatever we are dealing with right now. And, what’s really wonderful, God will be there during and after all of this. Amen.
“A pencil and some paper,” replied his favorite grandson.
“Whatcha making?” grandpa asked as he moved closer to the
boy to see the image better.
“I am drawing a picture of God,” said the wee one.
“But, no one has ever seen God,” grandpa said softly.
“They will when I am done,” replied his precious grandchild.
This story, in all of its permutations, has been around a
long time because it has a grain of truth to it. No one has ever seen God (1
John 4:12) and that verse has additional thoughts one can explore later. But the
focus for this devotion is the child who took an abstract need and actively
attempted to meet that need. The child did not worry about the complexity or
the impossibility of drawing an image of God. He just knew that people needed
to see God and used what he had at hand to the best of his ability to meet that
Making Jesus real to people, helping them meet and interact
with Him is what Christians do. We give Jesus permission to use our hands and
feet and anything else He wants to use in our spheres of influence. He doesn’t
ask us to be successful; simply faithful. Laity and clergy all work under the
same Commission (the Great one) and we all do what we can do with what we have
at hand where we are just as the boy did, and as in the Scripture, Moses.
What is in your hand? Don’t be afraid to use it for God’s
glory (Colossians 3:17).
Dear God, as a child I come to You asking that whatever I
have in my hand, may I always and only use it for Your glory. In Jesus’ holy
name I pray. Amen.