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Gods LovePsalm 37:3-6

“Trust the Lord and do good. Live in the land and feed on truth. Enjoy serving the Lord, and he will give you what you want. Depend on the Lord; trust him, and he will take care of you. Then your goodness will shine like the sun, and your fairness like the noonday sun.”

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The Bible says: “Rejoice in the Lord always. [I may appear repetitious, Paul says, but] I will say it once more; rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

How can a person not worry or be anxious when the storm is rising and headed their way; a loved one has been involved in a terrible accident and is hanging onto life; or perhaps you are thirty-two years old, married to the love of your life, with two wonderful children.  Suddenly one day you are diagnosed with stage four cancer and the future is very dismal.  How, tell me how are you to rejoice in such dismal circumstances and not become anxious?

We must read and listen closely; the statement is not recommending that we rejoice in the circumstance, the statement is stating rejoice in the Lord! 

God Refreshes

Through daily life, we need to be refreshed. Refreshment can come in many different ways. This morning I felt refreshed by a cool breeze after a quick run. This weekend, I felt refreshed by setting aside time to seek and hear from God.

What are some ways that you have felt refreshed lately?

Multiple shots were fired at Oikos University, a Korean Christian college in Oakland, CA earlier today, April 2, 2012. Although still in the early stages of discovery and response, “Authorities said two people have been shot in the head and at least six people were wounded,” according to Fox News. There is at least one fatal wounding from the shooting. This event is an active, ongoing event unfolding and more information will be made available as the event unfolds.

Local station, ABC7, is live-streaming coverage on this story: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/livenow?id=6387369.

Pray for God's work to be done amidst this tragedy and in the recovery days ahead for the families, friends, neighbors and community. God's comfort, hope and acceptance can minister to many lives in the coming days.

spring cherry blossomsFor the first time in my life, I am experiencing nature’s spring. Growing up in the desert of Arizona, spring only meant that I would have to stop hiking soon because it would get too hot! Having recently moved to DC, I have experienced the flowers blooming, the cherry blossoms sprouting, and the splashes of color from regrowth in the forests as they start to return. While hiking recently, I made the comment to a friend of mine that the rest of the trees were still dead. She told me, “they aren’t actually dead…I’m not sure how to explain what they are.” So we decided to say that the trees and flowers that bloom in the Spring are only “hibernating” in the winter. While I am sure that there is a technical term for the season of “rest,” hibernating seems to work too!

Reflecting on this week and the coming holiday of Easter, it is easy to draw parallels. As Heather in her blog at Sober Boots so perfectly explains: “When you lay death and life right next to each other like that, like spring does, you see it more clearly: How violent God’s love is; how risky his timing; and how close on the heels of despair joy starts rising.”

As we celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice this week, I challenge us all to remember the three things listed in Heather’s statement:

In working on an article I was thinking of how many of our officers or members may use their skills, training and experiences to help make their church, synagogue or ministry a safer and more secure place for staff, members, visitors or guests, and themselves and their friends and family. I hope you might help me get some views of activity on this.

If you are actively involved I hope you will tell me a bit about what you do, how you may use your training and/or experiences and , if not involved, share more on that also.

Some of the questions I have are: Does your site have a written Plan for safety security? Is it printed and available in class rooms, halls or other places occupied at times?