Difficulties in life are common. How we respond to them must come from an uncommon heart and attitude. We are called to live with hope in Christ, with joy and peace. This is not some lackadaisical attitude allowing us to ignore the problems around us. Rather, because of our eternal hope in Jesus Christ we can and must face the challenges before us with purpose and courage, demonstrating our hope in Christ. With this hope I pray we as citizens and as churches in our community work together to meet and address our community’s challenges and difficulties.
Yes, our city, its leaders, and our churches have made mistakes and we must not ignore our problems. However, as we look at the challenges before us, let us do so with tenacity, wisdom and prayer. I’m prayerful and hopeful that we can learn from our past, working at building today, while planning for our future with a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving. Yes, at times our circumstances seem daunting.
However, our community has demonstrated a willingness to overcome our obstacles. Numerous community organizations work to better our community, from coaching sports teams to volunteering in our schools and working alongside our students. I am thankful for all the churches serving in our community and for the recreation center and their sports activities. I am thankful for all our teachers and school employees working with our youth, helping to build and educate the next generation. I am thankful for our new fire department and police station and the continued street improvements. I, therefore, remain hopeful praying we continue to build on these successes. Most of all, I am thankful for God’s grace and hope in our community.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
With all sincerity,
Pastor Doug Mund