“You have been blessed!” Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13


This is the season for graduations, new beginnings not only for the graduates but for their families. For some, this is uncharted territory where there will be challenges, grand accomplishments, and seeing life from a whole new perspective.  For others, there may be times of loneliness, or maybe hopelessness as this new adventure unfolds.  God knows that every once in a while life can be a challenge to say the least.  Through the prophet Isaiah, God says, “do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you be name and you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)  You are not alone, and you are not without God, because you have been blessed by the promise that God has made to you to be with you always, “even to the end of the age.”  The greatest blessing is received at the point where you accept the fact that the God who loves you will give you the strength, the wisdom, and the peace to “do all things,” no matter how difficult the task or circumstance.   Louis L’Mour once wrote that, “There will be a time when you believe that everything is finished; that will be the beginning.”  Put God, through our Risen Savior Jesus Christ at the very core of your being, and understand that all the strength and courage you need comes from the Lord, especially at times of new beginnings.  God does know you by name and has loved you unconditionally from the time of your conception.  May those who are graduating as well as their families and friends know that their strength comes through the Lord and that all have been incredibly blessed.  The true celebration of the graduation season is the presence of God, who has been there throughout the journey, and will continue to be especially on the new adventures that lie ahead.  It is by faith that mountains are moved and dreams achieved, because you “can do all things through him who strengthens you.”  Celebrate the adventure; celebrate God.  Thank you Jesus!

Pastor Tom


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