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Pastor’s Corner Rev. Barb Muhs, pastor, Salem Church of Lincoln Lincoln, Iowa

October 3, 2019
Northern-Sun Print
1 Thessalonians 5:16 - 18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Summer found Jon and I on the road a bit more than usual this year. We noticed the draught stricken fields from state to state and field to field. My response was often, makes you grateful for how our crops look. I think that Jon got tired of hearing my positive response although he never said that in so many words. These words from Paul have been words that have echoed for at least 40 years of my life. As a teen ager whose parents died at young ages, I paused and was able to give thanks for the 17/18 years that I was able to have them in my life. No denying it, it was tough but by adhering to these words to give thanks in all situations takes the edge off a bit but also allows me to remember that through this journey of life I am not alone. Over the years I have met people that have said phrases that have stuck. Things like, “If I can get out of bed in the morning and put my feet on the floor, I am blessed.” “If I were any better, I couldn’t stand myself.” “Looking out of a window and seeing God’s pallet of color through four seasons, is a beautiful gift from God”. These phrases are also from the same people that demonstrated in hard times God is very present in life. When we pause to see God at work in us and around us. I am grateful for the MANY people in the community that despite “rough times” still reach out and are able to support the Food Pantry - showing that they are grateful for the food they have. People who volunteer at the care facilities sharing time and talent - showing they are unselfish with their time while recognizing in small ways they make a huge difference. For those who know the importance of education of young people - they go and read or are read to at schools. Yes, in all of these situations there are reasons to give thanks - and as the saying goes…God is good, YES, God is good all the time! Our task is to see and find that goodness in the messy situations, in ALL situations of life. Happy fall with MANY blessings!



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