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Pastor's Note

Comments from Rev. John Woodrow

“How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” James 4:14 (NLT)

   Can we all take a deep breath for a minute? We just happen to have one of those kinds of churches that does not have a “quiet” time of year. It seems like there is always so much going on at Gulfview, we don’t get a chance to step back and “take stock” as my mother would say. October is about as good as it gets for quiet time and yet we have the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, our Charge Conference, the Antioch Project Town Hall (and vote), Trunk-or-Treat, and many other ministries going on. In addition to this, we are supposed to prepare for our Snowbird Season, Thanksgiving ministries, and Advent which is approaching quickly. As an aside, I’m wondering which store will be the first to have the Christmas decorations up.

   As I was praying about these upcoming events I felt a reminder from the Holy Spirit to remember to count each day, indeed each moment as precious. If we just remember to start each day with, “Lord, thank you for this precious day,” and close the day with the same prayer then I think we will be on the right track. In addition to providing these precious days, God has provided everything good in our lives. Instead of appreciating all of this we tend to let ourselves be distracted with worldly issues like politics or the weather. I personally have decided to not watch so many of those information channels on TV that tend to have so much fear and negativity in them (especially when storms are approaching) and instead focus on the love and beauty provided to me by God. Have you ever watched a teenager declare, “This is the worst day of my life!”? You say to yourself, “Honey, you have no idea how many days are going to be more difficult than this one.” Days come with rain but also with sunshine and all of them are precious.

   So, whether our “plates” are full or we are going through those rare quiet times, let us never lose our appreciation of each day God has provided for us. When we come to the end of our time here in this realm, the only thing that’s really going to matter when we look back are the days we spent loving our Lord and each other.

Pastor John Woodrow
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Rev. John Woodrow
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