Edgar, Nebraska

Pastor's Ponderings
Heartland Shared Ministries
August 2019 Newsletter

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 NIV

            I was sitting in the office the other day.  I thought that the newsletter stuff would need to be sent in soon. So, I thought to myself that I would write my article on whatever verse that would pop up on my bible app.  I tapped the app and Isaiah 41:10 popped up.  I read it, I thought, God works!  The Holy Spirit leads!  This verse was spoken to a people who were being held captive in Babylon.  They were not in a good place, far away from home, feeling abandoned.  I thought about these people of the past and then I thought this verse also speaks to us who are in our own captivity.

            There are a lot of people who are hurting; hurting in body and/or spirit.  People who are angry at people, at God, at themselves and who or whatever. There are people who are depressed and questioning, feeling abandoned. 

            There are also people who are doing good.  People who are healthy and in a good place in body and/or spirit.  People who are celebrating mile stones.  People who may feel guilty that life is going so well.

            There are also people who fall somewhere in between when it comes their emotions, their mental state, their lives.

            We are the people. We are the ones that are feeling what we are feeling.  We are the people who are going through what we are going through now.  We are the people who the words of the prophet Isaiah are directed to, right here and right now.  God looks into our hearts and lives as a God who loves us. Our God is a God that hears our cries in whatever type of captivity we may be experiencing.  God hears and sees and proclaims to us where we are at, right here, right now.  God proclaims,

 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 NIV

God’s Peace!
Pastor Ethan

Pastor Ethan on Vacation
Pastor Ethan and Kellie will be on vacation August 5th-10th (no Sundays).  In case of an emergency, contact your church secretary or a member of the council/sessions.  They will have the name and number of the person covering for Pastor Ethan.​