Reflections

Leslie Stols - Family Ministry Pastor

Most children learn to say “thank you” before they really know what it means. Only with time does a child grow to know the emotion that the words express. The words come first and the feelings later. This probably is the same for adults too. Most likely, we are not thankful for every thing in our lives. Henri Nowen explained, “We are only truly grateful people when we can say "thank you" to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for. Let's not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.” Condition yourself this season to give thanks to God in all things. You may first only be able to say the words, but I pray the feelings of gratitude grow in you.

Joe Varghese - Elder

I’m just finishing the letter that Paul wrote to the church at Philippi. The one word I would use to sum up the book of Philippians is JOY. Some key reminders from the text: “make my joy complete by being of the same mind,” “rejoice in the Lord,” “forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.” When reading such encouraging words, we sometimes fail to realize the unthinkable circumstances that Paul endured as he wrote this letter from prison. Whatever your hardship may be, remember they are controlled by our God for your good. This awareness in our heart brings joy. Choose JOY and let it move you!

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