August 26, 2020 Message
Updated: Sep 17, 2020
Dear Members and Friends,
Where Paul has some timeless and great words for Christian communities! This week, its most appropriate to remember Romans 12:15 which reminds us to … “rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” As a community, we weep with the Rehill family as they suffered the loss of their son Ryan. We weep with Stephanie and Chris Howe as they lost their mother Anne. We weep with Lori Herndon at the loss of her father Don Stuck. We weep with the Schillings at the loss of their matriarch Aunt Mags. We weep with the victims of the terrible scourge of domestic violence which raised its ugly head in our own neighborhood this past week. We weep with the tragic loss of Officer Link of the Atlantic City Police force who took his own life. And we mourn and weep with our Brigantine community at the loss of Mayor Andy Simpson. We weep with his children Andrew, Megan, and Katie and their families. For the survivors of these tragedies, we can only console by being present and sympathetic to their loss and sorrow. Please pray for them all.
This is a tumultuous and difficult time. There is too much hate, too many tears, endless chaos…
In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…In the midst of winter, I found there was,
within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy.
For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me,
within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back. Albert Camus
We are stronger than we think we are because of God’s love that is in our hearts, because of the promises of the grace we have in Jesus Christ and the hope of the ongoing presence of the Spirit!
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer!” (Romans 12:12)
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