Grace and Peace to You from our Lord and Savior Jesus The Christ, What does the month of December mean to you? For me – back in 1969, my life was changed in a single moment. I was in college – on a 2-S deferment for military status and life was good. December 1, 1969 was the last draft lottery – men were needed for the Vietnam war effort. My draft number was 7. Upon graduation, I about to be drafted – so I enlisted in the Air Force. My whole life changed and I had no control over it. How often do things happen in our lives that we have little or no control over? My guess is – pretty often. What do we do when these things happen? Over the years I have been learning to trust in The Lord for His direction and His outcome. I can’t control the situation, but I can control how I allow the situation to impact my living. If I had the space I would share how God changed my life thru the draft, but suffice it to say – I am where I am because of His hand in and on my life. As you read this – Thanksgiving is past and Christmas is looming. No matter what is happening – no matter what is in your past – no matter what you think your future holds – the little baby born in Bethlehem – was brought into this world for you. Let Him be your joy and your hope and what you seek in your future. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 that there are 2 weapons that we need to use all of the time The Word of the Lord (vs 17) and prayer (vs 18). With these and the surety that The Lord is with you – what have you to fear? One of our favorite hymns goes like this:
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow; Because He lives, all fear is gone; Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living just because He lives!
Here are a few of the happenings that are up-coming: Grief Share – Thursdays - 7:00 pm – See Bob & Ruth Lannan November 26th – Rote Tureen December 10 - Christmas Dinner @ Lamar Twp Fire Hall [Salona] December 14th – Ladies Christmas Party – Rote – 6 pm December 24th – 7:00 pm – Christmas Eve service – Rote December 25th – Noon – Free Christmas dinner – Salona – See Pastor Frank Summer 2018 – Bus Trip to Sight & Sound to see “Jesus” - more info coming
This is the most joyous time of the year – but there are still struggles – trials – losses – and ??? to be dealt with. The Lord came as Emmanuel [God incarnate] to show us the way, the truth, and the life. The world will try to cause you to focus on the temporal, but Jesus leads us to eternity. God Bless you as you go forth to honor Him and place yourself in a position that He can bless you more and more. Trust Him – Seek Him – Live for Him! In Christ love, Pastor Frank