October 12th, 2018

RENEWING GOD’S HOUSE TOGETHER THROUGH WORSHIP and PRAYER:  Psalms 145:3 The Lord is great and is to be highly praised; his greatness is beyond understanding.

Many times, in my faith life I can recall praying to God when I was in great distress over something.  It always seems for me like more prayers are said in those times than in times of thankfulness, but I do remember a time when I felt both.  It was 17 years ago when my dad unexpectedly passed away.  If anyone has lost someone close to them we all know the great pain and sadness that it brings.  I prayed for help with all of those feelings but I was also angry with God.  It didn’t seem fair that my family, and I would miss out on so many wonderful experiences that we would have shared with him. 

On the day of his funeral when we were at the graveside and the last rites had been given, so many extended family members stayed by the casket for a very long time.  Everyone was crying and holding each other.  At that moment I don’t think I have ever felt such a strong feeling of love.  I remember thinking in the midst of the sadness that I was so thankful for that feeling.  God had given me so many wonderful relationships in my life, and we were all bound together and there for each other!

Since joining Salem 29 years ago, I have also developed many relationships that I am very thankful for.  Just being together during worship and other activities is a gift that God gives to each and every one of us out of his love.

Heavenly Father, Please help us to remember that in the midst of pain and sadness as well as happiness and rejoicing you are always there for us.  You hold us up by giving us special relationships with others and for that we are always thankful.  Amen

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