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September 2019 Newsletter

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Except from Pastor Parsons article: Never Alone

If you didn’t already know, I love Country music. I play it or sing it while I’m getting things done. I was recently singing a song by John Michael Montgomery called “I Swear,” and the following lyrics stood out to me: “I swear by the moon and the stars in the sky I’ll be there. I swear. Like the shadow that’s by your side, I’ll be there. For better or worse, ‘til death do us part, I’ll love you with every beat of my heart. I swear.”

It’s a nice, sappy love song, and this line is to meant to express that he will never leave her, no matter what. The reason this verse jumped out at me is because he promised to always be by her side, just like a shadow. That’s a nice sentiment, but it struck me that shadows aren’t actually always by our sides. When things get darkest, they disappear.

It got me thinking that God makes a promise just like that to us, that he is always going to be there with us. But unlike the promise from the song, God is able to keep his promise. God’s promise can be found in Isaiah 54:10. “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

There are times when you may wonder if God is really there with you because you’re going through something difficult. It might be because you’re not getting along so well with somebody because of some disagreement. Or you feel lonely. Or you feel afraid because you don’t know what’s to come as you wait for some diagnosis. All of these situations can lead you to question why God might permit such difficulties to enter your life. Really, they may just be what leads you to trust his promise because you find that he really is there, strengthening you through it all, strengthening your faith.

The same is true on the other side of the coin, too, when things seem to be falling into place and blessings are easy to count. In times like these, we can give thanks to God, but that’s not always the first thought we have. History shows how God’s people turn again and again to themselves with praise when things go well. It’s no different for us now. God knows that we can be tempted to forget where blessings come from at times.

We will fail sometimes. Unfortunately, our sinful nature permits nothing else. We will sin. But we aren’t just sinners. We are also God’s children, and he has promised that no matter what happens in our lives, whether the mountains are shaken, or the hills are removed, God’s unfailing love for you will not be shaken. His love is so strong that he sent his Son to die for us, for sinners, so that his covenant of peace would be fulfilled. He promised all this because of his compassion for us.

Though our promises may fail sometimes, God’s never will. May God help us always to trust in him, and when we should fail to do so, may he lead us back to him and ask his forgiveness, knowing that his forgiveness can overcome all our own failings and sin.

Amen

In Christian love,

Pastor Wolf B. Parsons

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