October 7, 20188
Dear Grace Family and Friends,
Wow; another week and another dreadful hurricane! “Michael” sure enough wreaked havoc on the panhandle of Florida. As I write, there is no report as to the extent of the destruction and possible loss of life. No doubt its affect will be felt for years to come. It’s hard to imagine two major storms hitting the east coast in less than a month. Yet it serves as a reminder that storms are coming in our lives on a regular basis. They often occur without warning. They may involve our health or our family or our children or our career. When they arise, we have two choices. We can focus on the destructive nature of the storm or the divine nature of our Savior. Jesus calming the storm with just a word in Mark 4:39: “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Notice that it wasn’t a gradual reduction in the tumult. In an instant, “there was a great calm.” Such should be the case with children of God when we face trials and tribulations. There’s no reason to be shocked or even surprised. We need simply remember the words of our Master. He speaks to us continually thru the indwelling Holy Spirit. He offers words of comfort and counsel. Are we listening to the Savior or the storm? Hebrews 13:5 records one of God’s greatest promises; “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” If that’s true, we need not fear the storm even though it may do damage. Just remember that God is with us. He will see us through to victory regardless of our circumstance. Let’s commit to pray for the victims of Hurricane Michael. But let’s also pray that we will face our storms with a calm assurance that our God is greater than any threat this life produces. Doing so with joy and peace will draw many to Christ. Are we willing? I love you and am honored to be your Pastor. God bless you!