Seasons in the Son
Have you ever had a “season”?
I grew up with seasons – deer season, dove season, and even planned our wedding date around turkey season! But I am not referring to this kind of season. I am referencing a season in your life. One may not even recognize a season while in the midst but often with reflection, it is clear.
My recent season began with the most amazing celebration of my Call. Our congregation and this Presbytery hosted a wonderful installation service for the beginnings of my tenure as Commissioned Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Breckenridge. In my many years as a Presbyterian, I have seen few, if any, more affirming, loving service to begin a new chapter in a church. Members from the entire community came to celebrate what God has done!
Experiencing this high note and with confidence, I began to serve with joy and praise in my heart!
Then the “rattlesnake” season, as I shall call it began. We lost our puppy to a rattlesnake bite the following week. The pain and suffering of one of God’s creatures was heartbreaking and one week later, my brother, Bob, was bitten by a rattlesnake! In this same week, I tested positive for Covid 19. Within days, we were informed that our grandson, Josh, has been deployed to Afghanistan. What??? Is it raining? Is it pouring? Is it hurricane season? This certainly feels like too much!
Even with anxious hearts, grieving hearts, through it all, there has been a calm, a presence in our household. Experiencing this different season, I have found the same old truths to hold.
All of God’s promises are true.
God cannot lie.
Now is the time to lean into these truths.
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the turbulent waters, I will be close to you.
Psalm 30: 11 I will turn your mourning into dancing and surround you with joy.
Romans 8: 35-39 Nothing in all creation will ever separate you from My love.
Proverbs 3: 5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Psalm 36: 5 My love stretches to the heavens and my faithfulness extends above the clouds.
Joshua 23:14 Not one of my promises will ever fail you.
My brother is doing amazingly well. I am recovering and our last report, Josh is safe.The setbacks are the setups for God to do amazing things
.As believers connect with me to give support, my response remains the same, “Pray without ceasing and lean into the promises.” AMEN
Adult Bible Study Class and other church members donated money to purchase children's face masks, thermometers, and teacher face shields for the local schools.
Children's Face Masks, Thermoscan Thermometers for each school, and Teacher Face Shields were purchased for the local schools through donations from members.
You enter the First Presbyterian Church not as a stranger, but as a guest of God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. Come, then, with joy in your heart and thanks on your lips into God's presence, offering your love and service. Be grateful to the strong and loyal men and women who in the name of Jesus Christ built this place of worship, and to all who have beautified it and hallowed it with their prayers and praises. Beseech and pray for blessings on those who love this home of faith as the inspiration of their labor, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit, and may those blessings rest on you, both on your going out and on your coming in.
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This past month, several requests have included work, family, financial and health concerns.
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Martha Kelley, church member, designs and paints cards to send to our Sunday prayer requests and
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This is another painting on our prayer cards painted by our resident artist, Martha Kelley.
Christ calms the seas and turbulence in our live and is the source of our peace and comfort.
Thank you for your calming influence in our lives. Help us remember that there is no storm too rough for you to handle.
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