I always appreciate how the Bible speaks to the large issues in our lives. When we have been through tumultuous times, both personally, or as a society, I’m grateful for the kind of words we’ll read this Sunday in church: Be at peace among yourselves. “And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (I Thessalonians 5: 13-18). I would always want to live this way and be sure my relationships with my family, friends and church would embody this kind of wisdom. Have you felt upset this week? Has life come crashing down on you in some way? Are you wondering where God is working in your life or in our world? Aspire to do good. Pray often. Give thanks, even in hard times. Be patient. Remember God is always faithful and will help us to do what’s right if we ask and seek His will for us. It is remarkable how when we focus on doing what is good, God is able to use us, our words and our influence in such positive ways.
This Sunday, Kim and I will be away celebrating the marriage of our youngest son. I am grateful for the Rev. Bob Stanley, a former Senior Pastor of PVUMC, who will be back at PVUMC to share his message with us. May you be blessed by what he has to say.
Dave Summers, PhD
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