Franklin United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 05, 2020
Seeking, Sharing, and Serving Christ

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It has been a challenging year of ministry thus far.  COVID 19 is on the rise again, when it seems we just got back into our sanctuaries.  We are still amid political turmoil, everything else going on around the world and in our personal lives.  Yet, I am reminded that we are still called to be the God’s people. As United Methodist our mission statement is “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”[1] Regardless of what we are facing, we must show the love of Jesus Christ.

You might respond by saying “how can I do that? you do not know what I am going through and dealing with”.  I get what you are saying.  However, wherever you are right now God loves you more than anything.  God reminds is in Hebrews 13:5 to be content with what we have because He said I will never leave you or forsake you.

Although, you may be challenged at this time.  Look for the ways in which God is surrounding you with His love and presence.  In Habakkuk 3:17-19 it says:

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,

 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

 19 GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.


This text reminds us to rejoice in the God of our salvation even when things are not going well.  No fig tree blossom, no fruit on the vine, fields yielding no food and no herd in the stalls.  You can fill in the blank.  So, rejoice in God and allow God to give you strength in these challenging days. We can start by giving thanks as we celebrate Thanksgiving next week.



Pastor Mike Loudermilk

[1] Page 91, 2012 Book of Discipline.