Dear members and friends of Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church,
I would like to take a moment to wish you a safe, peaceful, and blessed Christmas.
Some of us will be traveling to be with family. Others will be staying home quietly. Wherever you will be, whatever situations you are in, we will be holding you and your family in our prayers. Please, reach out to us when you need spiritual support.
We pray that the Holy Spirit will unite us and strengthen us to rise above the challenges we face.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.Isaiah 40: 28–31
The prophet Isaiah and the ancient Israelites remind us that we may turn to God and find the strength we need when we are overwhelmed.
So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.2 Corinthians 4: 16–18
The Apostle Paul reminds us that every challenge we are facing today is momentary and temporary, and all of us will experience the eternal love of Christ. May God bless and protect you and your family during this uncertain time.
A version of this message first appeared in the Friday, December 24, 2021, edition of Tidbits.