This week we will bury three men who throughout their life were all dedicated to God. One did a lot of preaching and teaching in his life. One was a deacon for many years. One was an elder in the Church for many years.
They finished their race within a four-day period. All of these men were all deeply loved by our church family, and each one of them was involved in the work we are trying to do for God.
We rejoice with them because they have won the prize that they have pursued throughout their life. However, we will miss these men, and our hearts are heavy.
During this same span of time, we have witnessed five young people being baptized into Christ! These baptisms could not have come at a better time for us.
These new births are a wonderful reminder that even in the midst of death, life continues! These baptisms brought an incredible sense of peace to our time of worship today.
Isn’t this a picture of what our lives as ministers is all about? Almost daily we experience a broad range of circumstances and events that flood our hearts with all kinds of emotions.
We experience joy & sorrow, heartache & rejoicing, mountaintop experiences & valleys, good times & difficult times, even life & death.
As ministers, we are called upon regularly to serve, assist, pray for, and bring comfort in difficult situations.
Our prayer is that God will bless you this week in everything you do for Him. We pray that He will provide you with the strength you need to minister to those who are hurting.
We pray that your heart will be strengthened and comforted as you spend time doing the Father’s business so that you can minister with a spirit of joy! Thank you for all you will do to bring glory to God.