Reflections of God's Goodness
As we look toward the celebration of the birth of our country, as Christians, we must remember who created our world and who placed each one of us here at this time.
“He made from one the whole human race to dwell on the entire surface of the earth, and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions, . . .”
The past few years have seen many changes in our country. Some of these changes have caused anxiety, division, and fear. Some people seem to have forgotten how to be kind and loving. We are tired, but we have a good God and Jesus wants us to remember...
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.”
When I think of our country, I think of the beauty and diversity of the people who live here and the wonders of the landscapes from East to West. The oceans and mountains, trees and forests. All the creatures that God has gathered together to live on this land. God Bless America, Land that I love!
Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all who dwell in the world show him reverence. For he spoke, and it came to be, commanded, and it stood in place. The LORD foils the plan of nations, frustrates the designs of peoples. But the plan of the LORD stands forever, the designs of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people chosen as his inheritance.”
This is our home. Regardless of our opinion or politics, religion or family background, we are in this together. This is our home and we need to pray for unity and healing. This holiday ponder the blessings of being born in this place. Remember that we are citizens of the Kingdom first and Jesus is our guiding light. Pray that our country acknowledges the creator of all things. Pray for the gift of faith, hope and love in every heart. Give thanks.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, . . . with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
May this July be filled with joy in following Jesus, and letting him guide our path in our efforts to love others as he has loved us.
Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN
'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among those are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.'