Thoughts for the Journey

Thoughts for the Journey

We often hear people say “God has a plan” or “everything happens for a reason,” especially if we

have encountered a negative experience or situation. The words are meant to comfort us or give

us hope. But the reality is that life happens when you are planning something else. God is not

the master puppeteer and we the puppets on a string. We have free will to choose.

Things randomly happen that are not so good or even horrific. We are left to cope with whatever

life brings. We can be overcome with negativity, especially as we hear about events that sear our

souls such as mass killings, natural disasters, or brutality to children. No news is good news, let’s

face it. But we have the Good News! Jesus Christ, our Lord! God’s plan is to be with us  always.

We will never be abandoned. As we walk with Jesus and each other and coode God’s ways of

doing what is good, and right and honorable, the kingdom of God continues to be created in

every situation. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for

this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5.16-18).

In God’s Boundless Love,     Pastor Lenore


Thoughts for the Journey

Naomi had no idea that by securing a husband for Ruth, she was securing the future of the whole

people of Israel. Ruth and Boaz give to the Hebrew people the grandfather of King David and to the

Christians the ancestor of our savior Jesus (Matthew 1.4-6) [Ruth + Boaz =A son. Obed, (Father of David.]

The nameless widow gives all that she has to the temple treasury. When we are “all in”, we follow the

calling of our hearts, centered in God’s love. We do more than hear the word of God- we live it with

boldness, wisdom, and vision. As committed followers of Christ, don’t be surprised then, if you find

yourself building the realm of God in the here and now. What a joy! What a blessing! What a future!

In God’s Boundless Love,     Pastor Lenore


Thoughts for the Journey

We join together today to celebrate the lives of those who came before us, those whom

Matthew calls “blessed.” We are God’s beloved and blessed, wired to take a risk on loving God

and all of God’s children. As we remember loved ones today, we find comfort in the promise of

eternal life in heaven with God and them. But, what did these saints risk to have faith and

complete trust in Christ? How did their lives influence us? What are we grateful for in having

know them? My prayer is that we too will live our lives as those who have faith and trust,

ready to live each day in the blessings of abundant life and hope in Jesus Christ.

In Christ’s Boundless Love,   Pastor Lenore

Thoughts for the Journey:   “ One Body with Many Members

Though we are individuals, all with different talents, we are one unified curch. Just as in

the choir each part, whether soprano, alto, tenor, or bass, when put together adds to the

beauty of the whole melody, so each member of the church has a role to play.

We are all different and tolerant, even appreciative, of our differences. We are not

enemies or strangers because we are not all alike or because we may not all believe

exactly the same. We are one in our love for Christ and for each other. We are all

members of the body of Christ, his church.

In Christ’s Boundless Love,    Ruthann Strother