Dear Ones,
Hope your day is filled with sunshine! It’s cold here but  lots of sunshine and going to warm up in the next few days. This morning I did food prep and brought choc covered raspberries downstairs for coffee time. This afternoon we have several errands to run and then go for our walk.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
God has not left us during COVID or during the coming election, and more than ever we need His help in the midst of it all. How wonderful that we can give Him all the concerns that weigh on our hearts and help bring peace where there is chaos and division. There is concern about the election that no matter who wins, and if there is a clear winner, what will the aftermath be like? There seems to be so much anger and even families are divided, as well as, our nation. Noelle Kirchner, a Presbyterian Pastor, writes on Crosswalk of constructive ways to make this election time less divisive. As Christian we can become part of the change that is needed if we are open to the Lord. We can start out by standing for peace and safety for all people. There is a place for peaceful demonstrations but not criminal anarchy. It helps to get a balanced perspective rather than feeding off news outlets that seek to divide us. We can choose our words to encourage rather than tear down. That means having constructive conversation and debates rather than heated shouting matches with those whose views are different. When we share our views and stories, we should do it in a humble way and create a safe space to really listen to one another. There is room for growth for each one of us and we can join with others to improve upon the generations before us. Noelle encourages us to sow seeds of positive concrete actions and start with small steps. We can all do something! We can start by enlarging our prospective and learning from others, respecting their views, even when we disagree. The bottom line to remember is that our hope is not in any man or in any philosophy but in the Lord. He is over all and in control and we are not, One day as it says in Phil. 2:10-11 (God’s Word), “So that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will kneel and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
Challenge for today: Do your part to help bring peace and weigh your words before speaking.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy