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    To be honest about my own feelings right now, today, to be real and authentic, I’m feeling the weight of a lot of LOSS.   There is the loss of routine---everything is different right now.   Loss of jobs.  Events have been canceled.  Trips that have been planned for a long time are now not happening.  Loss of freedom. 

    A big loss for me is  not getting together for EASTER.  Celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus is a big deal, and the loss of not having the opportunity to celebrate  with my church family and not being able to gather together is a bit painful.  

    One of the ways we are sharing love with each other right now is by keeping our distance and staying safe, and not putting others at risk----but let’s be honest, it does feel like loss doesn’t it?

    We might find encouragement in the fact that we haven’t lost everything.   The loss isn’t total, it just means that in the losses we feel like we have alot LESS.   Less income.   Less face to face conversation.   Less of what has been normal stuff for us.  We had a rhythm.  We have a lot less of what had become familiar to us.

    But, what if God wants to use this season for us to not focus on LOSS or LESS, but what if He wants us to experience  MORE?  What if  God has MORE in mind for us?  My encouragement today:   Grieve the loss, trust God with that feeling of having less, but PRAY about the MORE God might want to do. 

    What could that look like?   We are going to be looking at Ephesians 3:20 this weekend.  Be encouraged to read it and think about it.  

    What might it look like for me and my family and my friends for God to do MORE in us?  More in our relationships with Him?  More through us in our relationships with each other?  More connections with people than I might have had before?  More opportunity to be generous?  More faith?  More trust?  

    Post some comments about what "more" might mean for you.  It might give others some encouragement.  Look at other verses where the idea of “more” is referenced.  Join us for our online worship service this weekend.  Be encouraged.  Carve out some time for more prayer!

     

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    For further study:

    • Jude 1:2
    • 2 Corinthians 1:5
    • 2 Corinthians 4:15
    • Psalm 63:5
    • Psalm 130:6
    • Proverbs 3:14
    • Acts 5:14
    • Mark 4:24
    • Ephesians 4:15
    • 2 Peter 1:2

     

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