We have had a bit of snow here overnight but only enough to add a tuoch of white to the ground. the temperature is slightly below freezing; not cold yet although it is a reminder that winter will arrive eventually.
With the cooler weather, our thoughts turn to Christmas. Burk's Falls parade is on Dec. 4th and Chetwynd Community Church is preparing its entry.
We had a very challenging message on Sunday about Judas. We were still discussing it as we gathered after the service for a poptluck dinner.
The Lord sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145: 14
Our culture teaches that we should not have to suffer. No child should get a failing grade or be on a losing team. No-one should be ill or not have every material desire. One commercial on television states that 'you deserve it'.
Yet, if we look back on our own lives and those throughout history, it is the difficult times that gave us the strength and faith to grow and help others.
Having problems, whether in health, finances or family, isn't something to be desired but it is a reality of our life on earth. Our joy and peace as Christians comes in knowing we are not alone nor are we left to deal with it by ourselves. Our Lord is always there. He is our helper and sustainer.
I pray that the Lord God, our Father, who loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us would be very close to you this week.