A Thought for the week
Week of January 22
 
1 Thessalonians 5:8-11, 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
 
Our hearts go out to those who are recovering and those about to go through surgery. Those whose healing process hasn’t gone as quickly as they had hoped. We lift those who have had to say goodbye to loved ones this past week. There are others that have personal issues that dampen their outlook on life. Where, you may say, is the good news? The good news is that whether we are awake or asleep we live with hope. God is with us in it all, the good, the bad and the ugly. We may slip, we may fall, but through the love of God, we encourage one another and we build each other back up. When we lift our eyes up above what we see in our daily lives, we see GOD! Where does our strength come from? It comes for the Lord who made heaven and earth. So, in our struggles, whatever they may be, put on your breastplate and helmet and march forward to the hope of your salvation. God is with us, always has been and always will be.
 
Hymn #680: All the way my Savior leads me. What have I to ask beside? Can I doubt His faithful mercies? Who through life has been my guide. Heavenly peace, divinest comfort, ere by faith in Him to dwell. For I know whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.