There are so many demands on families these days. The pressures can feel immense in terms of schedules, juggling the priorities of work and home, growing and maintaining loving relationships. There are negative and sometimes evil forces in our culture that try to work their way into our lives. And whether you are married or single, have kids or not, we are all surrounded by these pressures and often have to respond to them. They affect our extended families, our good friends, our church family. I’m grateful to have Dr. Kevin Leman with us to share his biblical wisdom this Sunday. He will bring us a helpful and practical perspective here. He is preaching on a text from the book of Proverbs that includes these words: Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them round your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to God, and he will make your paths straight.
I think all of us would want to have love and faithfulness written on our hearts in a way that forms our character, our faith and ability to respond to life. We would want love and faithfulness to inform our decisions, our direction and desires. We want God’s wisdom that can surpass human knowledge. All of us need reminders of how we can lean on God, for help and understanding. I don’t know about you, but I find the older I get, the more readily I lean on God for strength, for encouragement, for love and hope, for inspiration when my own thinking if often insufficient. We worship Sunday, celebrating the wisdom of God that sustains our relationships of love and caring. Join us as we are all part of the household and family of God in our caring for each other.
Senior Pastor Dave Summers