Small words

Friday, May 18, 2018

This week I have been thinking about the way seemingly minor words in the Bible often point us in new directions. For example, in Romans, the apostle Paul uses 11 chapters to lay out his beliefs on God’s plan for salvation. In Chapter 12, he argues that all he’s written before is meant to be put into practice writing “I appeal to you, therefore, brothers and sisters… do not be conformed to this world…” Paul argues that if everything he has written about God’s grace is true, therefore, they should live different lives. In Lamentations 3:21-22, we find another small word that points to a new direction.

The author has been lamenting his suffering. He describes being bowed down under the weight of his affliction. “But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope,” he writes. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases...” He has been suffering, but his faith enables him to call to mind the mercies of God.

We live in changing and chaotic times, but we don’t need to be afraid. There are places to seek answers.

Therefore, turn to the Bible or visit any of the churches in Marshall for help finding the guidance you seek. Many of our churches offer programs for all ages, including worship, Sunday school, vacation Bible school or church camp, so even our children can discover the mercies of the Lord are for all people, especially in the challenging times of our lives.

The following is a list of local vacation Bible schools offered this summer:

— June 25-29, First United Methodist: Mobile Camp, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, ages 7-12

— July 23-25, First United Methodist

— July 30-Aug. 2, Covenant Presbyterian

— Aug. 4, Olivet Free Will Baptist