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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Let us rejoice in the ongoing moderate weather, and let us be glad for a little more time to get ourselves ready for the inevitable switch to a more normal autumn!  And let us further rejoice and be glad that tomorrow, October 14th, is National Dessert Day!  We can only imagine the scrumptious treats that will emerge from bakeries, confectioners, and home kitchens tomorrow; maybe for one day, we can set aside our dietary disciplines and indulge.  Hey, it’s only once a year, right??

One discipline we’d encourage you to not set aside is your daily conversation(s) with God; in other words, the discipline of prayer.  Prayer is an incredibly powerful thing; something that any of us who have experienced the amazing feeling of blessed assurance that washes over us after (and during) a heartfelt time of prayer cherish.  We need only think back to our prayer time during worship, when our fellow worshippers share stories of answered prayer, to be reminded that God listens, God hears, and God answers.  Sometimes God’s answer is “no,” sometimes his answer is “not now,” and sometimes his answer is “not what you want, but what I want;” and of course, sometimes his answer is “yes, absolutely!”  But regardless the answer, it is the right one, whether we like it or not; our task, as people of faith, is to accept God’s answer and trust that all will be well.  Many of us have an expectation that God will give us whatever it is we ask for, and are disappointed (if not downright angry) if we don’t get exactly what we say we want; forgetting that God is also known as “God the Father Almighty.”  Just as our earthly parents sometimes rejected our pleas, our Heavenly Father will as well; and just as was the case with our earthly parents, Father always knows best!  Because God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good!

God bless you!

Karen and Greg

For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:8

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Wishing you joy and peace in your day!  Remember, God’s got this.

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Grand Lake Community Chapel

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 

Greetings in Christ!

This is the first Wednesday in October that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in a lovely autumn day, and let us be (very) glad that we don’t have to shovel anything yet!  It seems as if the weather isn’t quite sure what it wants to do from day-to-day, but the days are definitely getting shorter and the general trend is definitely pointing to cooler temperatures; in other words, it’s autumn in Michigan!

How we wish we could say that the change in seasons has brought a positive change in the world around us, but sadly, that isn’t the case; COVID-19 is still impacting our lives in ways big and small, unrest in major cities of the country continues unabated, politicians still seem intent on advancing pet projects and ideologies instead of doing the people’s work, and the economy is showing signs of weakening.  It would be nice if there was at least some good news, wouldn’t it?  Well, there is, and it’s the same good news that we celebrate every day as Christian brothers and sisters!  In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!  Through the power and presence of the living God, all our needs will be met!  Through the limitless grace and love of God, we’re going to come through this rough patch in our lives in fine shape, even if we may arrive at the end of this time a bit different than we started it.  It’s easy to forget that God is good, all the time; and that all the time, God is good, when we’re inundated with negative news stories.  But the truth is that God’s got this, God’s got us, and there’s nothing that the world can throw at us that will ever change that.  Whenever you feel worn down by all that’s happening, remember that as a beloved child of God, everything is going to be OK.  You can take that to the bank!

Blessings,

Karen and Greg

How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. Psalm 31:19

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021 

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in crystal-clear skies and brisk temperatures, and let us be glad in the ever-intensifying colors of the trees around us!  It’s amazing to see the daily changes in our world, and exciting to anticipate the coming peak of color season; while it’s hard to put away our summer toys, and sad to hear the furnace come on early in the morning on some days, the delights of autumn are ours to embrace.  So let’s embrace them!

As we embrace the new season, let us also allow ourselves to be embraced by God in new ways.  For much of the summer months, we spent times outdoors enjoying the warmth of the sun, maybe spending some time on the water or the golf course; we’ll most likely all be spending a little more time indoors now, settled into a favorite chair, cuddled up in a comfy sweater with a good book.  During the summer, we meet God out in nature, on the beach or in the woods; in the fall, we have the opportunity to meet God next to a fire or out on a color tour.  God is present in all seasons, in all settings, but we are blessed to know him differently.  God embraces us in the gentle breezes and sunshine of summer, and in the crisp air and glorious colors of autumn, if we’ll allow him to do so.  We gently suggest that you choose to return that embrace, and share that embrace with all whom you meet.  Because God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good.  

With our love in Christ,

Karen and Greg

Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:10

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Wishing you joy and peace in your day!  Remember, God’s got this.