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First Presbyterian Church August 22, 2017

Mid-Week Evotional

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Children Learn What They Live

If a child lives with criticism

he learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility

she learns to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule

he learns to be shy.

If a child lives with shame

she learns to feel guilty.

If a child live with tolerance

he learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement

she learns confidence.

If a child lives with praise

he learns to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness

she learns justice.

If a child lives with security

he learns to have faith.

If a child lives with approval

she learns to like herself.

If a child lives with acceptance

and friendship they learn to

find love in the world.

Dorothy Law Nolte

It is a salutary fact that children learn what they live and what they experience from those with whom they come into contact. What influence do we have on our young people today?

Many activities compete for the time and attention of children. And many different voices tell them what to think.

My prayer is that our young people learn how to live knowing they are accepted. Whatever else our faith teaches, we are taught that God loves and accepts us before we ever prove ourselves or try to earn that love. This is pure gift from the heart of a loving God. It is in knowing that we are loved and accepted, even with all our faults and imperfections, that sets us free to love and accept others.

Today our children are taught many things and they see many images of hatred and violence that we would rather they not see. But children learn what they live and from those with whom they live.

What are we teaching the children in our lives?

The hope of our world and its future lies in our hands as we live accepting others, showing friendship even to those who are different to us and loving concern for everyone. Through our words and actions we teach our children and above all we teach them to love and to accept, even as God loves and accepts us.

Blessings and peace,

Pastor Gillian

Prayer Points

Pray for all who grieve and mourn, especially the family and friends of Barb Rowe. We pray for those whose hearts are broken by loss of any kind and those who struggle with addiction, unemployment, hopelessness or illness of body, mind or spirit.

Prayers are requested for our mission partners in Cuba, pastors Ary and Beidy and the congregation of Central Presbyterian Church in Matanzas.

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 Peggy Taylor, Larry Cardwell, Nancy Tobias, Bonnie Eastman, Louise Shapley, Mary Larscheidt, sister of Carrie Massey, Mary, sister of Elaine Jacobson.

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

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