This Month's Messenger

Hello Fairview Heights!

I hope your summer is going exceptionally well! It is great to be out and about in God’s creation enjoying the longer days and the green of    summer. Also, of course, is the warm weather that allows for and sometimes absolutely calls for swimming! There is really something special about time at the beach. No where else can you leave the hustle of life while hearing the soothing rhythm of the breaking waves and calling gulls; feeling the warmth of the sun with the taste of the ocean breeze in your face; or stare into the endless horizon knowing that you are small part of a big world. You can swim in the surf and feel the power of the ocean and realize that you are   really at the mercy of God’s grace for even the simplest parts of life – like going for a swim! The Psalmist of Psalm 107 says: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!” The ocean is a wonderful reminder of God’s greatness and His provision for the earth and for His  people. Psalm 107:23-32 talks about God’s care for those traveling on the ocean when the sea rages with storm that could easily destroy the sailor.

Those who sail on the sea in ships, who do business on the high seas, have seen what the LORD can do, the miracles he performed in the depths of the sea.

He spoke, and a storm began to blow, and it made the waves rise high. The sailors aboard ship rose toward the sky. They plunged into the depths. Their courage melted in the face of disaster. They reeled and staggered like drunks, and all their skills as sailors became useless.

In their distress they cried out to the LORD. He led them from their troubles. He made the storm calm down, and the waves became still. The sailors were glad that the storm was quiet. He guided them to the harbor they had longed for.  Let them give thanks to the LORD because of his mercy. He performed his miracles for Adam’s descendants. Let them glorify him when the people are gathered for worship. Let them praise him in the company of respected  leader

                                                                                                                                          Psalm 107:23-32, God's Word

It is all too easy for us to muddle through life and forget about God or forget how great God truly is. We loose perspective of what we are doing here on earth, and even of how much control we have of the affairs and   outcomes of our life. When look beyond ourselves into God’s creation we find reminders of who God is and really also who we are in comparison. Taking time to regain perspective on the nature and the character of God is taking the time to worship Him! He performs miracles on our behalf all the time and the greatest miracle is salvation through Jesus Christ. Praise Him and worship because He is truly worthy of our complete attention! When the storms of life rage and fear or helplessness set in, remember the power of God to save, and cry out in your distress. Enjoy the nearness of God, and worship Him for His steadfast and enduring love!

Happy body surfing!

Pastor Paul