We were truly blessed during our July SAM luncheon. Not only was there the usual good food, but we were treated to wonderful music. Payton Sowers, Doris Watson’s grandson, is a talented musician. He plays thirteen different instruments and sings as well. During our luncheon he played the harmonica and piano at the same time. The music was beautiful and thrilled our souls. He later played the accordian and intrument a lot of us seniors grew up listening to, but had not heard in many years. Thank you Payton, for blessing us with your talent. May God continue to use you.
After the music, our Youth Pastor, Ryan Sawyer encouraged us as seniors. His topic was, “Three Reasons not to lose heart” (2 Corinthians 4:1-18)
First, as seniors, we carry the gospel of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:5)
Secondly, senior’s are inportant to God. (2 Corinthians 4:7-9; Jerimiah 29:11 KJV; Isaiah 71:8-9) Ryan’s imphasis was on Jerimiah 29:11 in the King James Version. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” While this is a well known verse, it is important to note that in the KJV the translation reads of the thoughts God thinks toward us. He is thinking of us as seniors. Amen! Thank you Ryan for encouraging words!
Thirdly, seniors impact the younger generations (2 Corinthians 4:15; Psalm 71:8) Amen!
We had a small turnout this month. For those of you who were not here, we really missed you!
How lovely is your dwelling place,
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
What does your soul yearn for? What does your heart cry out for?
I would imagine there are many possibilities.
As I sit here this morning thinking about it, this might be the question above all questions, the answer to which will tell us everything about ourselves. If my soul yearns for earthly things, say money or status or power, maybe for drugs or drink, possibly for love and romance… what would that say about my spiritual condition?
Yes indeed, there are so many possible answers…
Why is it that my soul cries out for God when I find myself in trouble, but when all seems well, things other than God have my attention? Oh yes, that says something about my spiritual condition!
I want to say that my heart and soul cry out for God, but if that were true, what would my daily life look like; would it look the same as it does now? Hmmm…
The things of this life are all around us, the pleasures of this life call out. The problems of this life are all around us as well; they aren’t easy to miss: The things of this life are ubiquitous in fact, and if my attention is to be on the things that are above, maybe I’m going to need to decide consciously to put it there, instead of on the things of this life. Yes, maybe I’m going to need to put my attention on God purposefully, deliberately as a choice I make. After all, don’t our hearts and souls yearn for the things were pay attention to?
By: Don Merritt ~ https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/the-cry-of-my-heart/