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On the Journey...
(Weekly insights from FMC Leaders)
May 23, 2018
Romans 13:11 says: And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. There are events in all of our lives that cause us to “wake up”. Sometimes these experiences are pleasant experiences and sometimes they are tragic.
One of these pleasant “wake up” experiences for me was in the service that we had at the Food Pantry on May 13th. We had a meaningful time of worship and prayer for individuals that truly touched my heart. Many people contributed to each part of the service. There was genuine love and acceptance shown in so many ways. Hearts were truly touched and people were ministered to. All the unimportant things were forgotten and the important things were tended to. It got my attention.
One of the tragic “wake up” experiences was the recent plane crash in Cuba that killed 22 pastors and wives returning from a marriage retreat in Cuba. So many families and churches are affected all at one time in a place that has so many needs already. Please pray, this is important, the enemy is active, and we must band together and lift them up in their time of need. As we left Cuba last February they asked us to pray for them as they will be praying for us. Why? 1. We are all part of God’s family. 2. Your prayers are effective here and there as well. 3. This is important because when one part of the body suffers, the whole body suffers. Even though you may not know them personally, our lives are connected through Jesus and the service work we did in Cuba.
We serve a mighty God who can make a way where there seems to be no way. The enemy would love to cause great divisions at this time in their churches and families. Let’s lift them up asking God to strengthen them, to pour out His love and mercy on them, and to protect them at this vulnerable time.
To me it’s a time to wake up and thank God for all these experiences and move me to realize the times we are in so I make the most of my time. Submitted by Dean Miller