I am always looking forward to what I’m working towards next. Goals are important and it is good to make plans. There is a verse in the Book of Proverbs that says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish”. And yet the danger in continually looking ahead is that we can miss living now, right in the moment. The Psalmist affirms, “This is the day the Lord has made”. Not tomorrow, not next month, not when the medical community has tested and approved a vaccine for Covid 19. Today is the day that the Lord has made and blessed for you and me, a gift. I would encourage you to live today with joy, today will never happen again and we have the choice to choose joy and to make the best of this day.
This past Sunday morning we were able to offer Church Online for you and your family. This is something we hope to continue moving forward. If you missed it and would like to watch please go to the youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_05GDzHLaw&t=8s God Bless you!
Thursday, April 2nd
In Matthew 4:4, as Jesus is tempted in the wilderness, he says to the one tempting him, “People do not live by bread alone but every word that comes from the mouth of God”.
Jesus in one sense is acknowledging that there is more to life than simply eating and drinking. In other words, we not only are nourished by the food we eat but by God’s promises and will for our lives. I remember as a kid growing up and eating the junkiest cereal I could get my hands on, the more sugar the better. I have later in life come to realize that what I eat makes a big difference in how I feel and I try my best to limit my consumption of certain foods.
In the same way, what we feed our minds and what we take in through our eyes and ears can impact our spiritual wellness. If we are only listening to bad news on TV and seeing disturbing images on the internet in relationship to the pandemic we are bound to be discouraged.
My friends Patti and Jeff Ross run an incredibly positive business called Dimples Personalized Jewelry. Patti has started a encouragement video series to help people during these difficult times and I love the advice she gives about filling our lives with positive experiences and making Hope a Strategy to live by because it will impact our well being. You can watch her short message HERE.
“Jesus reminds us all to feast on good things, to devour the Word of God and to live from God’s promises and a sense of Hope. Some my favourite verses from the Bible lately have been, “Do not be afraid”, “Cast your cares upon me and I will give you peace”. Let’s not forget where our strength comes from. Keep up the good work and be strong in the Lord. Amen.”
PRAY FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, CAREGIVERS, AND RESEARCHERS RESPONSIBLE FOR FIGHTING THE NEW CORONAVIRUS.
God, as more people get sick, healthcare workers and first responders are working longer hours with fewer supplies and with more risk of contracting the new coronavirus themselves. Renew their energy and sustain them on long shifts. Bring Your protection upon them as they work with patients. Multiply their supplies so they have the protective items needed to stay safe on the job.Inspire and invigorate the research doctors developing better tests to diagnose the virus, create vaccines to prevent it, and identify protocols to eliminate the disease’s spread. Amen
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. —Psalm 23:4 (NIV)
(from World Vision website) shared by Brian McClure from St. Andrew’s Whitby
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday and also on April 10th for a Good Friday Communion Service next week. If you are able to have a small piece of bread and a small glass of juice and wine at home, I will lead us in Holy Communion together. Looking forward to this special service together.