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You can trust the pilot

                                                                  April 10, 2019

Dear Friends,

The day before we left on our mission trip to Puerto Rico
it was announced that there were problems with the
Boeing 737 Max aircrafts. I didn't think anything of it
until our group leader announced that she had checked
with Southwest and she thought we would be ok. What
did she mean by that? Were we scheduled to be on
one of them?

I checked and we were. I'm not usually an alarmist but
I have to admit that I did get a little nervous. My mind
began picturing everything that could go wrong. Images
of the crash in the Hudson, the terrorist attacks on
September 11th and every airplane disaster movie I've
ever seen came back to me. I bet this is why some people
don’t like to fly.

The next day we were on the plane and everything went
off without a hitch. I always pray during lift off and
landing. I ask God to be with us. The truth is that God is
always with us. Sometimes he is easy to see. I remember
hearing one person who survived a disaster say they
believed that angels were riding on the wings. I like
that image.

It is easy to become frightened and overcome by worry
when we think of all the things that can go wrong in life.
When a friend is diagnosed with cancer or a relative
announces that they are getting a divorce, or a child
who is severely injured, it is only human to think about
our own situations and wonder if we could be next.

The truth is that life is filled with possibilities, both good
and bad. We never know what tomorrow will bring. The
good news is that we know who holds tomorrow. God
hasn’t promised us that life will always be perfect and
that we won’t ever suffer any pain. What He has promised
is that He will be with us. God will give us strength to
face those difficulties.  

The season of Lent reminds us that God sees our struggles.
He knew that we were in trouble. So he came and lifted
the burden of our sin on his shoulders and carried it to
the mount of sorrows. Isaiah tells us "He was pierced for
our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the
punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his
wounds we are healed.

God cares for you and me. Our peace can be found in him.
He is the One who turned the tragedy of his son’s death
on the cross into a door through which the whole world
could be saved. So why should we worry? As the Apostle
Paul said, “If God is for us, who can be against us."

Simply trust God when you are afraid. God is our pilot
and he will bring us to safety in due time.

God Bless. See you in Church. Cal.
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