Birthdays and Anniversaries
12-30 Besy Turcios
Rachel Prater, Dena’s cousin, Rodney’s, recovering at home. Prayers please.
Chloe Birdwell, relative of the Weeks’s, great improvement, in a program in Houston. Keep praying, please!
Paul Tyler has a bad sort Parkinson’s. Got stem cell treatments. Pray for their success.
Bill Grubbs, is home now and doing better
Tonita, Paul’s friend, heart valve replacement needed
J R Medellin, Tiffany’s (Chance) husband, still doing well. Vanessea is doing well after her surgery.
Shirley Weeks, Steve’s mom, continues to have trouble.
Sarah, Chris Girvin’s sister, on hospice care
Robert and Sue Waller, health issues
Darla Nitti, Wendi’s mom, not doing well.
Leta, has a recurring cancer, prayer request from her granddaughter via our website.
Tammy Jones, Weeks’ neighbor, kidney failure/dialysis
“Let those who fear the Lord say, ‘His steadfast love endures forever’” (Psalm 118:4 ESV).
Time passes. Years come and go. We are at the end of another year which seems to have been much briefer and more fleeting than we expect. Yet one thing is unchanging. God’s love never fails! It is constant, enduring, steadfast.
The author of Psalm 118 declares that enduring reality in beautiful poetry and makes practical and pertinent application with which all believers can identify. First, he declares that God is our helper, who is on our side and hears and answers our prayers, especially when we are troubled (Verses 5-7). Because of him we gain victory over our enemies (8-11).
God is our savior, protecting us but also teaching and disciplining us as we have needs (14-18). He gives us access to salvation through his grace and power, providing whatever sacrifice or propitiation required (19-25).
The believer’s proper response to God’s love is gratitude, trust, and obedience (26-29). We recognize that we have done nothing to earn or deserve his love. He saves us because of his love and righteousness, not because of any obligation. The Psalm ends with the exhortation, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”
At this time of holiday celebration when we honor love, generosity, and thanksgiving, this beautiful Psalm reminds us that God is good, that he loves us always, and that he is unchanging and dependable. No matter what evils the next year may present, God is steadfast and enduring, always loving us. Let us trust in him.
Lee Parish, link to original article