Pastor’s Message

Reaching out from Grand Lake Community Chapel

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Let us rejoice in those hard-working men and women who keep our roadways clear and safe, and let us be glad that we’re not in the Downstate area today where 4 to 6 inches of snow are called for – and where schools, churches, and businesses have announced closings in advance of the snowfall. Not to come across as elitist, but 6″ of snow is just a nice dusting for those of us happily living Up North!!

Isn’t it interesting how we respond to an event like a predicted snowstorm very differently, depending on our life histories or where we live? For those of us who are life-long Michiganians, snow is a normal part of winter and we adjust and adapt to it without skipping a beat. For those who grew up, or lived in, the southern regions of our nation, even a 1/4″ of snow can be almost paralyzing. Northern Michigan doesn’t get excited about 6″ of snow, while Metropolitan Detroit can be brought to a complete standstill by the same amount of snow. For people of faith, weather events or tragic events on the world stage don’t phase us; we stop to pray, trusting in God to see us (and the world) through whatever it is that has happened, understanding that we may well have roles to play in bringing about a safe and honorable resolution. One of the most common questions we get is “how do you deal with all the tragedy and pain that people bring to you?” Our response is always “our faith and trust in God.” Believers aren’t exempt from facing tragedy and pain, as we all know; but believers are uniquely equipped to handle whatever comes our way, because we can do all things through him who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13). Whether it’s a snowstorm, the loss of a loved one, financial concerns, or simply having a rough day, there’s nothing that we can’t handle, because we walk in faith and trust. God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good!

Blessings to you!

Karen and Greg

Home: (989) 474-9116, Cell: (734) 502-5969 / /

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; Ephesians 2:8

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