A word From the Pastor – January 2017

A Presbyterian pastor friend of mine recently published his favorite “wise sayings” in his church’s newsletter. Among those favorites were:

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. —Albert Einstein

Life is 5 percent what happens to me and 95 percent how I respond to what happens to me.

Holding resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die from it.

Adversity teaches us the life lessons we would never be willing to teach ourselves.

He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose. —Jim Elliot, missionary

We often find ourselves in need of wisdom, and fortunately for us, we serve a God who can help us with that. James 1:5 tells us, “If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.” Proverbs 3:5-6 encourages us to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

At Wilbur Woods’ memorial service his grandson read one of Wilbur’s favorite Bible verses from the Old Testament book of Joshua: “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” As we enter a new year we do so knowing that no matter what lies ahead, God goes with us. As one of my childhood Sunday school teachers always said, “We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.” As we embark on a new year, may the assurance of God’s presence and the promise of his wisdom give us confidence in God’s good plans for us.

Mary Saylor