Cause to Pause

Today’s Bible Reading (from Ezekiel 27-29; 1 Peter 3

Wednesday’s: Ezekiel 30-32; 1 Peter 4

Wishing and praying that your family and you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  May God continue to bless us as He has done so abundantly this past year.  This C2P will be the last one sent until our return from the Panama mission trip for Operation Christmas Joy.  Frank, J.W. and I solicit your prayers for a fruitful trip and Godspeed.

Garrison Keillor is an American storyteller and author known for his wit and humor. In a recent article he humorously wrote, “I honestly feel that Moby-Dick would be a better novel without the whale.” But it’s that great conflict between Captain Ahab and the cantankerous sea monster that make Herman Melville’s 1851 book a classic. We may jest about life being easier, even better, without adversity but it’s often the friction we endure that makes us better people.[1]

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5, ESV).  “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18, ESV).

[1] Houston Chronicle, 6/23/16, pg. A19.

Mark Dillman
Airport Rd. Church of Christ