“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he well never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. "(Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)
Brian Kelley Bauknight, in a little book called Devotions to Leave You Smiling, tells the story of two brothers, ages tend and twelve, who were constantly getting into trouble. Finally they were asked to appear in the minister’s office, one at a time. The ten-year-old went in and was confronted with increasing intensity by the minister. ”Where is God?” the man asked the boy. “Where is God?”
The boy was so terrified that he ran home to his brother, grabbed him, and they went into a closet together where they typically contrived they schemes. The younger brother said quietly to his older brother, “We are in big trouble; somebody has stolen God, and they think we did it!”
Whenever we forget God, or go about our lives leaving God out, we end up in trouble. The wonder of it all is that God is closer than we think and God never went anywhere at all. We just need to keep in mind that God is the steadfast one who assures us of all we need.
See you in church,
Pastor Steve Larsen
Things to pray for:
- Ask God to forgive your mistakes and sins and give you the strength to forgive others.
- Pray for your pastors and church leaders.
- Ask God to help Centennial Memorial United Methodist Church to know how best to serve God and this community.