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FAMILIES

Families

 

An old couple sat by the fireside. He looked over at her, had a romantic thought, and said, “After fifty years, I’ve found you tried and true.” The wife’s hearing wasn’t very good, so she said, “What?” He repeated, “After fifty years, I’ve found you tried and true.” “After fifty years, I’m tired of you too,” she replied. (Adrian Rogers, Ten Secrets for a Successful Family  (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1996, p. 115).

Scripture reading is from Psalm 128:1-6 The Message

1-2 All you who fear God, how blessed you are! how happily you walk on his smooth straight road!
You worked hard and deserve all you’ve got coming.
Enjoy the blessing! Revel in the goodness!

3-4 Your wife will bear children as a vine bears grapes,
your household lush as a vineyard,
The children around your table
as fresh and promising as young olive shoots.
Stand in awe of God’s Yes.
Oh, how he blesses the one who fears God!

5-6 Enjoy the good life in Jerusalem
every day of your life.
And enjoy your grandchildren.
Peace to Israel!

We spent the weekend with our family. This meant we had 11 adults, three young grandchildren and four dogs at the cottage. It made me think of families, and how important they are to us. What a wonderful God we have that He planned to place us in groupings where we can learn to live, love and respect one another. Of course, it means, too, that we have to learn to have forgiveness and understanding as well.

Another family that God gave us, in Christ, is our spiritual families. How wonderful to be able to move to a new town and find sisters and brothers in Christ. Even in travelling we have met people who know Christ and have blessed us in our temporary association.

The church celebrated Pentecost a few Sundays ago. Here is the first day of “Christ’s church”, the day when the Holy Spirit came upon those who believed. As we continue to pray and give thanks and praise, let us remember we are a family in Christ. We were put together by God to work for Him. Let us press on and work towards that goal.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for making family groupings. We ask you to protect and bless our earthly families. We also thank you for our spiritual families. Help us to work together with the Holy Spirit to guide us. Help us to be open, honest and caring with one another. In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN.

HOLDING ON TO FAITH

Holding on to Faith

by Mary Haskett

In times of crisis it can be difficult to hold on to our faith, but thank God we can immediately call upon Him for help. Our hearts may be racing with the trouble at hand, but we are assured He is there to help us.

Many times crisis  situations stir up panic, especially when those near and dear to us are involved. I recall a crisis 18 months ago when my littlest grandson was born with major health issues and my daughter became so ill that I flew to Ottawa to be with them. My prayers were desperate to start with, but as the plane took off I refused to entertain doubt and fear and made a concentrated effort to think about faith scriptures. Over and over in my mind I kept saying,  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen,” (Hebrews 11.1KJV), and as the plane soared into the skies my faith soared with it.

My son-in-law picked me up at the airport . Within an hour we stood in intensive care looking at a very sick baby. I will tell you in all honesty my faith started to waver, Have you been in a similar situation?  I willed myself  to focus on God’s word again.  Basically that verse is telling us our job is to exercise faith and hope, to look beyond the immediate and with our spiritual eyes believe and see resolution. I’m smiling now, as I think about my daughter fully recovered and that dear little Jacob—I still hear his laughter as he ran around our living room a couple of months ago.

Whatever your circumstance be encouraged and let faith and hope rule in your life.