Updated: Feb 11
I just quickly want to reiterate how much it benefits us as people of faith to have the values we live by. Those values guide our actions, inform our decision-making and help make our paths straight. It also puts our minds at ease when we are able to "trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding." The peace we have because we can turn everything over to God is a peace like no other. We are grateful to be able to live in that peace and we acknowledge God as its source.
Two quick reminders. One, today is the deadline to RSVP to Eleanor (939-6257) or Michaelle (592-9031) regarding the Valentine's lunch. Two, this is black history month. Being the reconcilers we are (as the Apostle Paul calls us), it is good to do our part to learn our past so we may build a better future for everyone.
I hope you all have a blessed week. Remember that Ash Wednesday is on the 17th and the first Sunday of Lent is the 21st. We will not have any in-person services, but I will try to put together something each week to honor this important church season. Remember, Lent is a time of reflecting on our faith, considering where we might improve and making strides to do so. While I know it is different not being together in person, it is nonetheless an important season for our faith. Take time to consider your faith as we enter into Lent.
Blessings to you all,
Solomon, who is credited with the wisdom found in the Proverbs from which I preached this week, is the second child of David and Bathsheba. He was the successor to the throne upon David's death, in large part due to Bathsheba's serious maneuvering on his behalf. Solomon may have been as young as 15 years old when he took over as king. His reign was known far and wide for its extreme wealth, wisdom and construction. Solomon was the last king of a united monarchy. After his death, Israel and Judah (the divided monarchy) were ruled by different kings. It is likely the wealth he built on the backs of his people is what led to revolt and the split of his kingdom.
Please remember the good folks of Fourth in your prayers. Here's a list of those we've been remembering:
Dennis and Joan Little - family situations and concerns
Bill & Ruthie Brent ask for prayers for Debbie, Jeff and Loretta and their neighbor's son Joe Guelda who is recovering at home after covid-19
Jan Merrick asks for prayers for friends Karen and Jim. Jim is battling health issues
Michaelle and Larry Steier's son John
Margaret Lewis - Health issues. Prayers, too, for Alex.
Leonard Yates who has been diagnosed with bone cancer and is receiving treatments.
Pat Gould - Prayers for Lee Higdon who is recovering from surgery after having a 7" tumor removed from his kidney.
Paul Kabo diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
Prayers for John David William's close friend, Ty Scroggins, who is battling Covid-19.
Prayers for Donna Finnell's friend Patty who is dealing with challenging life issues