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Make the Most of Your Journey

October 4, 2017
Dear Friends,

As I listened to another television reporter talk about the terrible events
of the day before, my heart was sick with grief.  From hurricanes and
earthquakes, raging fires and sadistic terrorist acts, we've been
bombarded with these sad and horrific stories lately.

People are lashing out in frustration at the President, at the local
government, at Congress, at the Gun lobby, the media, at climate
change and anything else they can blame.  Yet even that doesn't
satisfy the depth of our emotions.  We are raw, hurting and
feeling vulnerable.

At times like this the words of Scripture come to me as a source of
comfort.  The Psalmist says, "I lift up my eyes to the mountains -
where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth."  God hears our prayers in times
of trouble.

In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus says, "Come to me all you who are
weary and burdened and I will give you rest."  Throughout the
Scriptures we find words that remind us that God comes in the
midst of life's storms bringing peace.  Jesus tells us not to fear.  
He is with us.

Of all the verses in the Bible, the one that stands out for me, at a
time like this, comes from Psalm 90.  It says, "Teach us to number
our days that we might gain a heart of wisdom."  In other words,
seize the day and make the most of it.  Each one is a gift from God.

We never know what tomorrow will bring.  I am reminded of the
song "Seasons of Love" from the Broadway hit show, Rent.   It
begins by saying, "Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred
minutes.  How do you measure a year?"

Then it lifts up suggestions, "In daylights?  In sunsets?  In midnights?  
In cups of coffee?  In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife?  In five
hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.  How do you
measure a year in a life?"

The simple answer is - all of the above.  So in these days of turmoil
and trouble, don't focus on the tragedy.  Say a prayer for all of
those affected.  Then go hug a loved one, perform a random act
of kindness, smile, encourage someone, reflect the love of God in
all you do. Make the most of these days.  Look for the blessing
that God has given you and share it!

God bless.  See you in church.  

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