Encouragement from Michael

Dear church family,

If you have not figured this out yet, the elders and ministry staff are taking turns writing notes of encouragement each week. I just finished my taxes for 2020 and it’s my turn to encourage you…this might be a bit of a challenge for me.

Just the other day my son and daughter in law had an idea for Carmen and I to spend some extra time with our grandson and we really wanted to do it, but it would require us to go to Oklahoma and we finally just passed on it yesterday because of COVID concerns. That’s a real downer for us.

So, let the encouragement begin.

I have come to believe the encouragement of others means most when you don’t feel very encouraged yourself. In fact, when you are down, or feeling a little stressed may be the most important time to encourage others.

My heart is led to 2 Corinthians where Paul writes: “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. (2 Cor. 1:3-4).”

God bestows upon us His comfort, in part, so we can comfort others. Will you join me in taking a few moments in reflect upon God’s comfort in your life…       (I reread Psalms 91, you may want to sing to yourself a song like: In His Presence; or do something else that reminds you of God’s love and blessings in your life).

Now ask, “Who may I encourage with the comfort God has given me?” Somewhere around 65% of our congregation is sheltering at home due to COVID. I know some of those at home are frustrated, some even wonder if they may have been forgotten by the others.

Will those feeling a little discouraged today join me in encouraging a few others? God promises His blessing to those who bless. I counting on that truth…I need that today.

Michael

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