Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sonrise Update: Next Meeting 11/27

Hey there!

Thanks to Alex for a convicting walk across Ken Sande's Biblical model for conflict resolution. As Kathy noted, Jesus speaks in Matthew 5:9 of blessings for the "peacemaker" (as opposed to "peacekeeper"). This implies the need to be an active agent of change, having the courage to slog through conflict if necessary to bring about the desired repair. Lots to think about!

Angela is coordinating a lunch delivery for the Ronald McDonald House next month. Let's talk the week after next about who can participate and who will bring what. This is a great opportunity to comfort some families undergoing heartbreaking challenge and duress.

Let's hear from Kathy next time with highlights from her India trip! I'm researching the concept of "blessing" first introduced to us in Genesis. Seems God was explicit with certain promises of blessing (e.g., the Abrahamic Covenant). Yet within creation itself, there are implicit blessings we simply take for granted (e.g., the air that we breathe, the food that we eat, the beauty and marvel of nature, the companionship of loved ones, etc.). As we prepare to hear from Kathy about the tremendous need in India, and we approach this time of collective Thanksgiving, I would encourage you to reflect upon and thank God for all that we ordinarily take for granted. Consider the essential holiness of God, for example. Have you thanked God for His goodness lately?

I pray that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Safe travels for those of you leaving home! I am thankful to God for so very many things. Most of all, I am thankful for the promise of eternal salvation through Jesus Christ... and for the blessing here on earth of precious loved ones who amaze me with their grace, generosity, caring, wisdom and love. The world is a brighter place because of you.



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