God’s Love Is For Us Now and Forever

As we make the final turn in Advent, this season of hope-filled expectation, we look to the source of the reason for our hope, and that is the LOVING act of our Lord and our Creator to send His people the best life raft in the middle of us drowning in our sin. Our Father sent the Son as a completely vulnerable child to turn the world on its side and to show us that our allegiance, our faith, and our service must be given to God alone as a response to this loving act. In love and grace, humanity is saved, and with the love and grace of God’s church, God’s people share God’s HOPE and LOVE with the world.

This week our hospitals are filled with sick people, our government is grasping for answers on how to respond, and the people are on our streets in need of the essentials to live. Some barely get by, and others make tough decisions about what they are willing to go without at this time so that their families can eat. We have congregation members struggling right now, whether from the fear of the effects of Covid or other ailments that have them under the care of physicians. Our world needs HOPE; our communities need LOVE; the CHURCH needs to rise and bring HOPE and LOVE that we have received for God right now!

Psalms 89:1-4 (NIV)

1I will sing of the Lord ’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.

2I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

3You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant,

4‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.’ ”

Published by JRMITCH85

I am often asked what describes you, which is a hard answer because sometimes I move in a thousand different directions. Some call me an engineer, others call me pastor, a few call me captain, some call me friend, others call me dad, and one calls me sweetheart. All of these things are descriptors and are accurate, but they don't fully capture me. My favorite place is in the mountains, enjoying the beauty of nature and God's creation, running and hiking around with my family and friends, and taking photos to cement the memories. However, the people that know me the best know that my favorite thing to do is come up with crazy adventures that push the limits of what our minds and bodies can do. My faith in God is important to me and drives me to look at creation the way I do. Because of my faith, I look at these adventures and running races from Half Marathons all the way to 50-mile races, as well as several Obstacle Course Races, as an opportunity to push the body God gave me as an act of worship. Hopefully, someday soon, I look toward running longer races and bigger adventures. My hope is that humanity can understand that the wild is a gift, and we need to care for it and quit destroying it by the way we live.

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