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From July 10, 2015

A Reflection
  by Pastor Cliff

Hi Friends:

OpenArms In Psalm 118, the psalmist says, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” I like the New Jerusalem Bible’s translation: “This is the day which Yahweh has made, a day for us to rejoice and be glad.” Both translations remind us to enjoy the here and now. Jesus spoke to this issue when he said: “Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34).

William E. Channing raised the issue in an essay. Channing asked, “Why is it that we are so busy with the future? It is not our province; and is there not a criminal interference with God to whom it belongs, in our feverish, anxious attempts to dispose of it, and in filling it up with shadows of good and evil shaped by our own wild imaginations? To do God’s will as fast as it is made known to us, to inquire hourly – I had almost said each moment – what God requires of us, and to leave ourselves, our friends, and every interest at God’s control, with a cheerful trust that the path which God marks out leads to our perfection and to Himself, – this is at once out duty and happiness; and why will we not walk in the plain, simple way?”

These are good questions for us to ask ourselves this weekend. In the verse of Clinton Lee Scott in Promise of Spirit, 1977, “Let not the dross of yesterday or the golden dreams of tomorrow dim the luster of this silver morn.”


Cliff Houston
Interim Pastor, FBCR

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