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But you , O Lord, are a shield about me; you are my glory, and the lifter of my head. Psalm 3:3
It has been a very long time since I did a pastoral reflection on our website. Brother Vermon continues to do an impressive job keeping our site current with church activities and events. However, with so many changes and in some cases so many challenges that we have faced as a congregation, as a city, as a state, as a country, and as a world. I just want to offer a word of encouragement to our congregation, and whomever visits our site.
As the body of Christ, it is crucial that we be intentional about sharing the love of Jesus with whomever we can, as often as we can. Again, this is not optional! Jesus asked, “how can we say we love Him whom we have never seen and hate our brother who we see every day?” As the body of Christ, it is perhaps more important then ever before that we live out the Gospel Message of love. Our response to the old school song, "What's Love Got To Do With It?, needs to be, "everything!"
I purposely repeated some of that which I said before. it bears repeating over and over again until hatred subsides and love abides in the hearts of humankind!
The news reports would have us believe that darkness has totally overtaken our world. While times often appear pretty bleak, we serve a God of promise--provision--and power. I just want to remind each and everyone that, no matter what we may have experienced in our past, or the challenges before us, "He is the lifter of our head!"
We must love, and we need to pray without ceasing for one another; be it family, friends, strangers or foe. Prayer truly changes things. The collective, fervent prayers of the righteous will make such a difference in our homes, places of worship, our communities, our country, and our world!
Spring is in the air, and another school year is coming rapidly to a close for our children and young people. Our immediate family has two great nieces and a nephew graduating from high school and a great nephew from college. As we enter into this season of endings and new beginnings, let us reach out to our young people. They are looking to us for love, guidance and affirmation. Also, to see how we respond to life. They know when we are sincere and can spot those of us being phony.
We cannot afford to allow the streets and drugs to continue to draw them more so then the people of God. Volunteer, mentor, and share your time, talents, and resources with our children and our youth.
My beloved, I don't know your needs, or your wants, your struggles, or your trials. But Jesus knows and cares about everything about us. Be encouraged my sisters and my brothers. The Lord is so good. When I feel lonely and my spirit is down, I am reminded of this old hymn.
Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word, just to rest upon His promise, just to know thus says The Lord.
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him, how I proved Him, ore and ore. Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus, oh for grace to trust Him More.
And then my testimony is:
I'm so glad I learned to trust Him, blessed Jesus, Savior, Friend, and I know that thou art with me, will be with me till thee end.
Loving you all and holding you close in my heart, thoughts and prayers, I remain yours in His service,
Pastor Gloria Wade Dillon