I confess that I’m writing this Hinge article for myself today. Sometimes life brings blows and loss that weigh heavily on our hearts. We get tired. We wish things were different and don’t see a way out. It’s times like these when all we can do is turn to God. The Psalmist writes, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 12: 2) In the words of a hymn by George Matheson, “O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee. … O joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not in vain that morn shall tearless be.” Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds us, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Thank you for allowing me to process my thoughts with you. I don’t know about you, but I am starting to feel better already. These are not idle promises or false hope. The risen Christ is with us and does not leave us alone. Nothing can separate us from his great love. With Christ all things are possible including overcoming challenges, hurdles, loss, and whatever we encounter that brings us low. There is no bad day that can’t be brighter because God is there. Rejoice in the Lord always!

There is much to look forward to in May! The CROP Walk is May 3rd. Mother’s Day is May 10. Confirmation is May 17. And Pentecost is May 24. And that’s just the Sundays. You’ll find lots more things in this issue of the Hinge. Be sure to check it out.

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Annehinge-cross

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