A Word From Pastor Tom
We all struggle with spiritual discouragement and lethargy. Some days our circumstances threaten to overwhelm us, and we struggle just to pray. Many times we just don’t feel like doing the things we know we should. For one reason or another, God sometimes seems far off and unreachable.
David faced times like these in his life. The Psalms are filled with verses that express his despair and feeling of abandonment. Yet the Psalms also give us the key to living victoriously during the dark periods of life. Let’s take a quick look at Psalm 119:89-95*.
“Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. They stand this day according to Your ordinances…”
Recalling God’s faithfulness and control over everything that touches us gives us strength to walk with God even when we feel like giving up in despair. After all, our feelings and circumstances have not changed God. He is perfectly capable of sustaining us if we will only let Him. We simply need to choose to delight in and diligently consider God’s precepts (His principles and character) despite how we feel. Choosing to delight in God might not be easy. It might even involve hard work. But only God can revive and save our soul from spiritual lethargy.
Next time you feel spiritually drained or inadequate, remember that you have a choice. You can wrap yourself up in excuses and self-pity, or you can choose to draw your strength from an unchanging God.
There is no Wednesday night supper this week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will resume the dinner on November 30th.
Dr. Murray will be on vacation from November 27th through December 8th. In his absence Rev. Steve Niles will provide pastoral care for emergencies. You may contact the Church office if you need assistance.
A Message from Mary: Good morning. Any instrumentalists in Grades 5-12, who would be interested in playing in our holiday instrumental group, please stop by and play this Sunday at 9:45 in the Chapel. If you can't make this Sunday, then we will see you on the following Sunday. Any questions, let me know - Mary Kay Benton @ 712-540-4549 - am text friendly. Russ Nagel will be leading the group and I just organize - thanks!!! Mary