October 7, 2020

Was the Trip Worth It?

“Teach me to do what pleases you, because you are my God. Guide me by your good spirit into good land.” Psalm 143:10 (CEB)

Recently, I forgot my laptop at home. I didn’t realize that I forgot it until unloading the car at the parsonage. My only option was to drive back to Homer to get it which meant I’d spend around 6 hours in the car in one day. So much for getting the work I’d planned done – I’m so waiting for the self-driving car option! Naturally, I responded in recriminations for myself. Are you also your worst critic? Thankfully, during the extra 4 hours in the car, I found a Christian station to listen to that soothed my soul and reminded me again of God’s great love. It is taking me so long to spend less time criticizing myself and living in the way God teaches, to practice forgiveness. God’s good spirit through the words and music returned me to a good land. There is always more work, but never enough time to give thanks to God. Thank you, God, for never giving up on me.

Pastor Lora

September 30, 2020

Precious Memories

“But not only that! We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. “Romans 5:3-4 (CEB)

Does anyone remember cassette tapes? I still have one, with the voices of my mom, aunt and grandma, It is very precious to me as 2 out of the 3 have died. My mother is celebrating a year of being on hospice so before I know it all those voices will only be recordings. Precious memories.

They sent it to me when I lived in Germany and other forms of communication were so much more expensive. This was my way to feel at home in a strange country and culture far from home.

Friends, we have so many more ways to savor precious memories today. As I struggle in this time of the pandemic with drastic change, I lean on the scripture above. God is creating precious memories every day and that brings us to hope. Let’s take pride in our problems! LOL.

Pastor Lora