Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Year of the Bible
Can you just imagine how wonderful it will be to have no crying, sadness or disappointment in heaven?
As a young Christian, I came across verse after verse in the Bible about forgiveness and praying for your enemies, but I ignored theses verses and would just turn the page. I was so deeply hurt; I didn’t want to forgive or pray for my nemesis.
The thought that Christ spares no blessing or good thing for His people is why we praise Him today. But to realize that He divested Himself of everything and became obedient unto death, even death on the cross— for you and me—is why we bow in surrender to Him.
The more we live, the more we understand that things are not black and white—that life is complex and messy most of the time. When it comes to faith, categorizing to avoid confusion and ambiguity seems paramount.
John 16:33 is the verse that I have held on to. My grandpa’s passing was just one of the many trials I’ll face in life.
These verses make me think of myself standing on a large stage with the whole world watching me. Everything I say has an impact and a meaning to every person, young and old. Because of this, I must choose my words wisely and point others to Christ.
Every summer, for the first 8 years of my life, our family drove from our home in the metro-Detroit area down to our family farm in Boone, N.C. While our summer trips to Boone continued, I dreaded them. It seemed as if Grandma Annie detested me, and my heart began to grow cold.
When I knocked on his door 30 years ago, I never imagined the conversation we had would impact me to this day. I asked, “Pastor, if you had to give one piece of advice on how to live a life like yours, what would it be?”
Sometimes friends, spouses and parents don’t completely understand what we are going through, but God does, and He cares. How comforting it is to know that wherever we go, God is there with us.
When I came across this text, I instantly connected with it. God asks me to give Him my worries and anxieties and then promises that He will never let me be shaken.