Here in Canada, we are blessed to have so much variety in weather. We always have something to talk about! I am a bit of a weather guy. I regularly check the weather in Newfoundland (where my wife Jackie and I are going on our holidays), or in Yellowknife where our boys Jacob and Nico are working in Landscaping this summer. Though change in weather is interesting, there are times when we want the weather to be somewhat consistent because we are going on holidays, or an outside wedding is happening in the family--and it would not be great if it rained! Sometimes we can get so stressed out about stuff we cannot do anything about.
Too often the those irritants in life can diminish the joy we have. It is easy to forget how blessed we are to live in a country where we do not need to be afraid that someone will find out that we are worshipping Christians, or that we belong to a group that is being persecuted by an occupying military force.
We certainly are privileged to live in a free and wealthy country such as Canada. I think to varying degrees we take it for granted and we lose the joy of the gifts God gives us each and every day. I read a book this week called "The Path to Salvation", by a Russian Orthodox Priest by the name of St. Theophan. He lived in the 19th century. He mentioned that people start the day often with a negative perspective. He basically said that it is important to make it a point to start the day well. Acknowledge (even if you do not feel it) the loving hand of the Lord on your life. Give him thanks, and maybe even lift your arms and say, "Hallelujah" or "God is good all the time." A habit like this reminds us who we are and who we belong to. It is important to start well. You may, however, be hurting at the moment, and it is difficult to give praise. God knows how you feel, and coming to God in prayer connects you with your loving saviour. Through prayer we are open to God's healing touch and he will help make your load lighter as you start the day. Jesus words give us comfort, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11: 28
I want to encourage you to get into to habit of enjoying the Lord's goodness, and giving thanks for His steadfast love for you.
Also, just a reminder that we have one worship service on Sunday mornings in the summer at 10:00 a.m. (including September 3rd).