First Presbyterian Church October 16, 2017
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Think freely; practice patience, smile often;
Savor special moments, live God's message
Make new friends; discover old ones;
Tell those you love that you do; feel deeply.
Forget troubles; forgive an enemy;
Pick snowdrops; keep a promise;
Look for rainbows; gaze at stars;
See beauty everywhere; work hard; be wise;
Try to understand; take time for others;
Make time for yourself.
Laugh heartily; spread joy; take a chance;
Reach out; let someone in;
Try something new; slow down;
Be soft sometimes; believe in yourself;
Trust others; see a sunrise; listen to rain;
Reminisce; cry when you need to.
It all seems so obvious, yet it does us good to be reminded that to be alive is to experience all of the above, and so much more.
Life can often seem only to be about despair, destruction and death, but there is so much more and the above writer does well in make us stop and remember the beauty and the blessings.
This is, after all, a wonderful world and to be alive is a gift that we ought to embrace and cherish.
Every moment, every breath is a gift of God and in each moment we should try to make the most of life and its riches, of which there are many.
Even moments that make us cry are blessings, for in crying we express the depth of our emotions, whether they be tears of joy or sorrow. Our tears show that we care, that life touches us in a deep place within and moves us to show compassion.
And even when we cry, we remember that Jesus, too, wept for love of others, for love of this world.
So, we draw comfort and consolation in knowing that Jesus did weep, because He did and still does love us.
And that is reason for gratitude.
May you know and enjoy God's blessings this day.
Peace be with you,
Prayer please for all those affected by the shooting in Las Vegas: eternal peace for those who were killed, strength and comfort for the injured and the grieving, compassion and gratitude for those who courageously help others and act in ways that are inspiring and noble even in the face of such evil.
Please pray for all those affected by the wildfires in California, for those who have lost loved ones and land, and livelihoods.
Prayers are requested for our mission partners in Cuba, pastors Ary and Beidy and the congregation of Central Presbyterian Church in Matanzas.
We pray for them and for all who have been affected by hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and tragedy of any kind.
Please pray for our youth as they prepare to return to school and to face the challenges that the coming year might bring.
Prayers for healing are requested for Pat Badger, Peggy Taylor, Larry Cardwell, Nancy Tobias, Louise Shapley, Mary Larscheidt, sister of Carrie Massey, Mary, sister of Elaine Jacobson.
Please also pray for Hannah Yale and Kevin Liszewski as Kevin battles on-going health issues and recovery from surgery.
Pray for all who grieve and mourn the loss of loved ones and who seek God's healing peace and consolation.
Prayers are offered for our world, and for its security, peace and for a brighter future.
Remember that you can contact the church office any time with prayer requests, and our church secretary, Shelley, will pass them along to our faithful and confidential Intercessory Prayer Group and/or publish the names of those needing prayer here and in the Sunday bulletin.
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8