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    Faith and Life Questions

    May 5, 2017 Rev. Ed Hoekstra
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    “This is the day that the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24) When it is raining for days, it certainly puts a damper on our enthusiasm to rejoice.  But we still can rejoice because we are loved by God and nothing in this life can separate us from that love! That knowledge sustains us and offers us joy even when we are experiencing rainy days in our lives.

    However, we too often focus on the scarcity of life. I can also get caught up in the busyness of life and the perceived scarcity of time and do not see the beauty around in God’s creation. I love going on a walk in the woods with my family because they point out the beauty of God’s creation that I too often miss. On a walk last week, we experienced the first trilliums, interesting mushrooms, and the new leaves emerging for another season.  Thanks be to our loving God who provides and will continue to provide! But what about those who are experiencing a scarcity of resources and are hurting? This is an important question to address in a world where so many are living in poverty and are suffering.

    At Sunday worship time through to June 25th we are focusing on ‘Faith and Life Questions” in a sermon series. A number of congregants of all ages have suggested questions to examine. This coming Sunday (May 7th) , I am preaching on “How do I make decision?” Life is filled with decisions from the mundane of what I should eat for breakfast ranging to big life decisions like faith, marriage and career.

    The word of God advises us how to go about making decisions: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6). Please come and join us at worship and together we can explore these questions further.

    In Christ’s service.

    Pastor Ed