Glimpses of Grace
As Fred Gossic shared this with me, I wanted to share it with you – a great example of God at work through Bethany.
HE IS RISEN & HE LIFTS US UP
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” (Mathew 5-6a NIV)
The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
(Psalm 145:14 NIV)
But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
(Mark 9:27 NIV)
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. (1 Peter 5:6 NIV)
Deb and I were blessed to be able to go to Beaumont, Texas and participate in the recent mission trip. We enjoyed fellowship with the rest of the “Team” while working during the day and at our group devotions in the evening. On Sunday, we all worshipped with our host church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and attended a luncheon afterwards. Then, on Monday, we began our mission to serve folks who were still trying to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, which struck the Houston, Beaumont, and Port Arthur areas seven months before. For the next four days, we were humbled and broken as we saw firsthand the piles of debris still sitting in front of home after home, the vacant homes abandoned and awaiting sale, and meeting four of the affected families up close and personal.
What impressed and humbled all of us was the faith and resilience of the people we met and helped. They all lost some or nearly all their possessions in the resulting flooding and had to remove floors and drywall and insulation from their homes, reducing the structures to bare studs. Granted, they all survived without physical harm, and they are all thankful for that. But, more than that, they all exuded an irrepressible faith and a peace that “passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7a). That faith in God and the resulting peace that He will not abandon them and will, literally, lift them up out of their present circumstances, enables them to face each day with hope and courage. We were all so blessed by that faith and were encouraged and built up in our faith because of their spiritually infectious outlook on life. Despite what had happened to them, they were not blaming God, but accepted this season of trouble and were relying on His grace and mercy to help them, in due time (God’s time), to rise above the devastation and start over again.
We just celebrated Easter and Christ’s victory over death. HE IS RISEN! AMEN and HALLELUJAH! Jesus is risen and ascended and now sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven! But, He still is willing to help us through our daily trials and tribulations and lift us up above all that to see and experience His mighty hand in our lives. Let’s give HIM the praise, thanks, glory, and honor He and He alone deserves.
This Sunday’s sermon: “I Am the Light of the World”
Also we will have the Service of Reception for the Confirmands.
The Mission and Ministry Expo and Luncheon will immediately follow the 10:45 AM worship service in the Great Room.
See you on Sunday,