Mid-Week Inspiration: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Just before Jesus is arrested, he encourages his disciples by saying, “I have said this to you so that you may have peace in me. In the world, you face persecution, but take courage: I have conquered the world” (John 16:38).
I believe the peace that the bible speaks of comes to those who learn to live in the present. We all know people who live with the regrets of yesterday and the worry of tomorrow.
When your life is grounded in Jesus, you will discover that you can live in the present because, in Jesus, we learn the past, and the future is taken care of.
We affirm with Paul, who says, “I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8: 38 - 39).
Nothing, not even death, can separate us from the love of God. This means that the regrets of the past and the worries of the future do not have to keep us from living out of the present.
What one step can you take today to be present?
(Modern Worship Team of Gainesville First UMC, Gainesville, Georgia)
Looking for something to do?
Have you always wanted to be in a parade? Here is your chance. On Sunday, December 4, 3:00 - 6:00 pm, the Gainesville community will kick off the season with the annual tradition of Christmas on Green Street. Float prep starts at 3 pm, the parade starts at 4 pm.
Everyone has a favorite dessert, side dish, or main course for Christmas. So why keep it to yourself? Share it below, and I will include it in my newsletter during December. Make sure you sign your name at the end of the recipe. We want to celebrate those special meals together.
Matching Christmas pajamas, reading the Christmas story, going Christmas caroling, and watching the movie Elf. Everyone has a favorite Christmas tradition. So why not share it with us and inspire someone to start a new tradition? Share below a brief description of your favorite Christmas tradition and sign your name.