Edgar, Nebraska

Pastor's Ponderings
Heartland Shared Ministries
January
 2021 Newsletter

Psalm 23:4 NRSV 

 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4  The Message

Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.
Psalm 23:4 CEV
I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won’t be afraid. You are with me, and your shepherd’s rod makes me feel safe.
Psalm 23:4 CEB
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff—they protect me.
Psalm 23:4 RSV
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil;
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

       Psalm 23 is a beloved one for many.  It touches one’s heart in so many ways.  I chose one verse from the Psalm and quoted from different versions of the Bible. 
         As we begin a new year, we are still facing many challenges.  Challenges that are still from Covid-19.  Challenges that are related to our health.  Challenges that are related to our jobs.  Challenges that are related to family issues.  It seems the key word is “Challenges.”
            As we face those challenges, may the Spirit lead us to remember the words of Psalm 23:4.  May the words give us hope, peace, courage and strength, whatever the Shepherd deems we need as He protects. The Shepherd that lived, died and rose that the valley of death may become a valley of life; Life as lambs of God’s fold.

            Happy New Year fellow lambs!  The Shepherd is with us and watching over us!
Pastor Ethan  

Thank you!
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          We want to thank you for all the ways you gave us many gifts for Christmas and throughout the year.  We are blessed by God through you in so many ways! You show us kindness, patience and support. Thank you so much for being you, children of God, and the grace God has instilled in you and the grace you show.  Thank you once again for everything, our hearts and lives have been changed through you.  God’s blessings and a blessed New Year!       Pastor Ethan and Kellie​      

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 Pastor’s Visits
If you want Pastor Ethan to visit you, please give him a call on his cell phone 1-402-879-5097. In the midst of the Coronavirus, he is cutting back on visitation.  If you call him, he would be happy to come to visit just let him know. 

 Phone Calls
           
In the midst of the social distancing, let’s not forget to keep in touch with one another. A good way is through the phone.  Let the Spirit lead and if you get that nudge, give that person a call to check to see how they are doing.  We are here for one another.  ​