"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." (1 Peter 5:10, NIV)
I heard it said once that we need to love what we have before life teaches us to love what we lost.
This week I paused again to honor our Veterans at the Intermediate School’s Veteran’s Day ceremony.
I was invited again this year to do the invocation and the benediction and retired Brigadier General, General Russ Anarde gave a message on what it means to be a veteran and recognize our veterans in our communities. He spoke about not taking for granted their sacrifices.
I think our freedom is something we so often take for granted.
Not just our freedom as Americans, although we certainly take that for granted, but the freedom we have in our faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ walked himself to the cross, amidst betrayal and condemnation in his final hours, for this world; the same world that so often deserts, betrays, and denies him today.
Our scripture reading today reminds us that as believers we have been called into his eternal glory in Christ.
Our scripture reading today reminds us that as believers we will suffer a little while (time is always relative with God) but we will be restored strong, firm, and steadfast!
In the military I had so many conversations with soldiers who were wounded in combat spiritually and emotionally. While their bodies may only slightly show of the wear and tear from the actual combat, their spirits were deeply wounded.
I saw God’s grace continue to work through the lives of all these men and women who suffered so much. While everyone joins the military for one reason or another, everyone fights for the same reasons.
Remember to pause and give thanks all year, not just on one or two days, to all who served and continue to serve because we owe so much to everyone who volunteered to put on that uniform.
I invite you to also pause to give thanks for all the small ways that God has and continues to bless you. We always search for those big miracles and blessings, and we sometimes forget those right in front of us.
Finally, may we continue to love what we have now so that life doesn’t have to teach us to love what we no longer have.
May it be so,
Rev. Lou Ward
We are meeting at 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Fellowship Hall.
We will take July 28 through August 25 off. Stay tuned for our new study coming in September.
Join us on the Second Sunday of every month, with the exception of September, 2021, when our potluck will be on September 26 in conjunction with Church in the Park.
Military Appreciation Breakfast
Third Saturday of the month, 8 a.m.:
Veterans and Active Military and their Significant Others, join us for a hearty breakfast as we share our appreciatoin for your service.
United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting:
Third Thursday of every month: August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18
United Methodist Men's Monthly Breakfast:
*Postponed Until Further Notice
Tuesday: 8-12 am
Wednesday: 8-11 am
Thursday: 8-11 am
La Junta United Methodist Church
601 San Juan Ave
La Junta, CO 81050
Phone: (719) 384-7717
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