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“Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story...” Psalm 107: 2

Do you ever just notice something that has always been there, but you had paid no attention? I once heard a man thanking whoever had put the beautiful flowers in the Church. Then his wife told him that they were artificial, and that they had been in the church over a year.

I sometimes think of the lame man outside the beautiful gate in Acts 3. He had been coming there and begging a long time. Suddenly Peter and John stop and reach down to lift him up as they gave him the greatest gift in the world: they offered him Christ. Why had they not done this before; why did they notice him that day?  Acts 2 gives us the reason: The Holy Spirit had come into their lives and changed their focus.

This week I have noticed how the redeemed of the Lord are speaking up. This is not a new thing, they have been doing so all along, but I fear I have been focusing on busy things. Make a habit of that and you stop seeing the beautiful.

The young man who bagged our groceries wished us a blessed day. The Doctor that I saw spoke of how truly blessed she was. A lady at the market said her husband had lost his job; but she acknowledged her Savior who would get them through.  A lady who cannot speak made a heart with her fingers to tell me that she loved Jesus.  These are only a few ways that people are expressing and living their everyday faith.  

I have a choice: I can look for the negative and it will gather about me like flies at a picnic; and I risk the danger of becoming a grumpy old man.  If I look for what is good and true; it will be as the hymn says, “God and the beautiful will dwell in you.”  

“Holy Spirit,” open our eyes that we might see visions of truth. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so; then we will hear what great things the Lord is doing. Forgive our tendency to focus on thorns instead of beauty. When you bless us, let us also humbly boast in the Lord because someone else may need you too. Cleanse the lens of our eyes of faith; and help us to refocus on the right until the wrong is vanished into the sea of no more. Remind us that you created a world that is good, and that you so loved the world that you gave Heaven’s best to save it. Let me not only see the beauty of life all around me; Dear Lord, grant that I might add a little goodness to it.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”  

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

 

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FUMC of Elizabethton, TN
325 East E Street
Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643
Phone (423)543-3505
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Sunday
  • Worship Service
    – 9:55 AM
  • Sunday School
    – 11:20 AM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Jr. High - Grades 6 thru 8
    – 4:10 PM to 5:30 PM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Sr. High - Grades 9 thru 12
    – 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Bible Study
    – 6:00 PM
Wednesday
  • Coolagers (grades K - 5th)
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Life Lessons in the Fellowship Hall
    – 6:00 PM
  • Chancel Choir Practice
    – 7:00 PM
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