March 19, 2023
Dear Grace Family and Friends,
I’m very sorry for causing a “scare” for many of you last week. This issue of my vision has been a major source of frustration. Through the past 8 weeks I’ve often been reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” That shouldn’t be hard for me. I’ll soon be 70 years old and have no significant health issues. I truly am a blessed man. And I am most thankful for God’s blessing. The problem is our vision affects everything else. Thankfully I do have an appointment now to have the other cataract removed on April 10th. That should at least provide balance between my two eyes such that the “double vision” issue should go away. But whatever the case, I am determined to focus on the positive. Romans 8:28 is absolutely true; “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” I’m a child of God so that was written to me and I claim it. God is working through this, and every, situation to make me more like Jesus. That’s His intent and should be my desire. So please forgive me if I’ve failed in that regard. I surely did last Sunday. I couldn’t avoid the “crisis” that double vision caused. It just happened. But it sure made me mad and that wasn’t very Christ-like. Praise God for grace! If you haven’t received it please do today. God isn’t surprised by our humanity. He knows what it feels like to be frustrated. And His grace is sufficient. So we need to forgive ourselves when we falter as surely as we need to forgive others. Doing so will change our lives. I love you and am honored to be your Pastor. God bless you all!