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A Note From The Pastor - October 2017
  
“Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1 KJV
  
Boy, was that a timely verse for me the last few weeks. As some of you know my friend Bruce fell while on vacation and is now paralyzed from the chest down. A friend Bill, a confirmed bachelor who just retired from ministry, died unexpectedly just as he had started planning to get married. Another friend from seminary told me he was taking ear-ly retirement because of his parents’ health. A friend from college decided to sell his business and retire early so he could help raise his grandkids. I was looking forward to a retreat with the Tuesday Men’s group and ended up in the doctor’s office and going to get a heart catherization instead. The best laid plans of mice and men.
  
We tend to make plans and think we will go on forever. When I was younger I made all sorts of plans of what I would do when the kids were grown and I had more time. Now it takes more time just to get up in the morning and many of the dreams are beyond my capabilities. It would be easy to get angry and give up.
  
However, as I read God’s Word I am reminded that every day is a blessing if I keep my focus on God and not on what I want. When I “boast” about what I plan or want to do I get discouraged when I come up short. When I listen for what God wants me to do I am enabled. This is because God does not call me to do anything beyond my ability but leads me to do great things for God’s kingdom. It used to be my calling included much physical labor and flexi-bility. Now it includes listening, sharing words of encouragement and praying. According to my physical pride it seems not as important. But when I remember those in my life who shared their faith as they grew older I realize how important this new calling is for the next generation. As I start noticing others I see God at work in their lives and celebrate the way God has always been in my life.
  
I invite you to join me in celebrating each day God gives. Listen for God’s guidance and you will find each day be-comes meaningful as you walk with God.
  
A servant of Christ,
Pastor Emmett