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“Sing A New Song #PrayAndDo” – Rev. John Shaver

1-28-18 Audio

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Sing God a brand-new song! Psalm 96:1

It has been interesting moving through the elementary school year and now, with Madison, the beginning of middle school. Also, don’t worry I’m not that naive to know the word “interesting” may morph into other words in the midst of the year or years at this stage.

Hearing about what they are learning has brought back a lot of memories of the great people through history. The ups and downs of what our world has gone through and a fresh look at current events through their eyes. I’ve often found some moments as we look over the Scholastic News to learn something new and I love (for the most part) their questions. One of the questions came as they were amazed at the life of Helen Keller. The question was, ”have you ever heard of this amazing woman?” I had to laugh a bit and say, “yes, her story was around when I was growing up.”

As I was looking at one of their books, I came across a quote that made me think about our series, Sing A New Song #2018.

“I have for many years endeavored to make this vital truth clear; and still people marvel when I tell them that I am happy. They imagine that my limitations weigh heavily upon my spirit, and chain me to the rock of despair. Yet, it seems to me, happiness has very little to do with the senses. If we make up our minds that this is a drab and purposeless universe, it will be that, and nothing else. On the other hand, if we believe that the earth is ours, and that the sun and moon hang in the sky for our delight, there will be joy upon the hills and gladness in the fields because the Artist in our souls glorifies creation. Surely, it gives dignity to life to believe that we are born into this world for noble ends, and that we have a higher destiny than can be accomplished within the narrow limits of this physical life.”

What a fantastic mindset to take into daily life. For each of us, there comes the point when it is time to move forward. We’ve been practicing the new song, and it’s time to sing. We’ve been working on a project, and it’s time to share it with the group. We’ve been writing an article, and it’s time to email it to the journal. We’ve been praying, and it’s time to go and do what God has asked of us…

Join me as we celebrate the gifts that God has given to each of us and move forward as a faith-filled, hope-filled and grace-filled congregation and sing a new song to the world around us!

I look forward to being with you at 8 AM, 9 AM or 10:30 AM this Sunday!

Grace and Peace, John

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