Reflections on Faith and Community

Dear friends,

On this page, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. You can also find them on the church's YouTube Channel in the "Weekly Word" playlist. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.

Andrew S. Odom

10/03/2017 7:58 AM

You Never Know

10/03/2017 7:58 AM
10/03/2017 7:58 AM
I pray they will be one, Father, just as you are in me
and I am in you. (John 17:21, CEB)
Las Vegas. I don’t need to say anything else. The news tells it all, so many people, so much pain and heartache and death, all caused by one person who, for reasons that cannot be explained or reconciled, decided to pull the trigger. Our world is enduring a time of crisis and separation and hardship, a time when despicable things happen that are beyond our understanding. It knocks the wind out of all of us. God weeps just as we do. Jesus prays just as we do. And the Holy Spirit abides with us, but nowhere more closely than with the families whose lives have been upended.
In a complete contrast, on Friday I attended a fundraiser lunch called Each Moment Matters benefitting Faith Presbyterian Hospice. Each year at this luncheon, people are recognized for making each moment matter, for making a difference. One of the recipients this year was noted for how he reaches out to everyone he comes across. The story they shared was about how he helped invest in a young man who walked up to his car on the street one day and offered to wash it for a small price. He let him, but he also began helping fund what became an entire mobile car washing business. It changed that young man’s life forever.

I say this often, and we need to keep hearing it. You never know when you will run across someone who is in such a dark place that they are considering doing something horrific. A generous act of compassion from you, even something as small as a single word of hope, has the power to completely change the course of another life. Each moment really does matter, because you never know when God will use who you are to pour grace into the heart of someone else and change the world.

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