Psalm 136: verses 1,26
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever."
I remember when I was much younger, sitting under the tutelage of my Rev, Merrill, Tom Vining and my dad, and I understood that God put a timeline on our existence. One hundred and twenty years it is said in Genesis and an average of 70-80 in the Psalms. I remember as a child in my walk, I would think of my life in terms of 120 years. Like a timeline. When I was twenty for example I would think, well I am only 1/6 of the way there, or only 1/3 if I live only half of 120.
Today, getting ready to turn 60, I no longer think, "how much time do I have left?" Instead, the question and desire is "how I am going to live whatever years I do have?" I do not look at life from a linear view but from a Godly view from above, from God's perspective and His Word. Looking at it this way I realize life, love in Christ, has no end. Showing my love of God to others does and this understanding makes me want to love even more. I want to claim the love God offers from eternity to eternity.
This morning I hope you can join us as we look at Naaman's journey and how we can gleam life experience from it. In Christ's love, Pastor Carl.
Almighty God, I thank you for the teachings of so many that has brought me here today. I thank you for the love they have shared with me and the love You have promised to me forever. May I live this truth in all aspects of my life. Lord, forgive me of my sins and may the words of my mouth reflect Your teachings and love. Father, I thank you for the bountiful gifts You have blessed me with, and may I pass them forward to the best of ability. Lord, I ask that You walk with me in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006