August 2017
Reflections of God's Goodness

Can you believe it? God has this crazy, unending love for each one of us! Yes, He really does. Jesus calls us “the salt of the earth.” In the time of Jesus, salt was essential to life -- but even more than that, Jesus knew that the world’s need for Him would be even greater as time went on. He wanted all of us who believe in Him to know that we are needed in His kingdom.

Do you know that salt not only enhances flavor and preserves, but it also cuts bitterness and adds sweetness? Think about that in terms of following Jesus, of allowing the love of God to flow through you to others. What can you do to help others heal from the hurts of unkindness and meanness, that seem to be more evident in our culture every day?

How can you make the sweetness of God’s word and God’s love known? How can you reach out to your family in love, to friends and even strangers you meet on the way? How can your words and your actions offer love, peace and even joy in a world gone mad?

One interaction at a time is what we have to offer. One moment, one choice, one action, one person at a time, multiplied by millions of followers of Jesus can and will make the difference.

“You are the light of the world,” Jesus said. Shine a light on Him, His way. Oh, we thought He was talking to the apostles! But, He’s talking to us too. The light we carry with us is the love of God, poured into our hearts through Jesus. That’s what we have to offer our hurting world, our family, friends and neighbors. 

Mother Teresa said, “Do small things with great love.” 

Yes, small and large acts of love will change the world. How will you let your light shine on your family and friends this month? What are some ways you can show others that you care for and believe in them?

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ give you the power and peace to reach out in love, to be salt and light in a world deeply in need.

God bless you, 

Sister Mary Ann Signature

Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn
Director of Development 

You, however, are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people he claims for his own to proclaim the glorious works" of the One who called you from darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were no people, but now you are God’s people; once there was no mercy for you, but now you have found mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10

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