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Adult Children

Back from a quick trip to Spokane, WA to see my son and his girl friend. Spokane is a very pretty city of about 250,000 at the tip of Washington, about 15 minutes from the Idaho border. Mornings are in the 30’s and the fall colors are exploding with beauty. We hiked and played dominoes and just hung out together. What fun we had. Such a joy to spend time with adult children. Thanks be to God. 
 
For this Sunday, read Mark 10: 17 – 31. A wonderful story about Jesus and a conversation he had with a man with many possessions. With great love he challenged the man with the one thing he lacked. What was the one thing? If Jesus was talking to you, how would he lovingly challenge you? What is one thing you are lacking? 
 
Blessings,
 
Steve

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A Prayer for our Times

 
Last week I shared a prayer in worship by United Methodist Bishop Will Willimon. This prayer echoed just what I wanted to pray last week in the midst of the craziness of the news. One of you asked for a copy of it and I thought some others of you might want to make this prayer yours a few more times. You can bet that I will be praying it.
 
Lord Jesus, when we read today’s headlines, when we think about our present situation, when we consider the trials and tribulations that we face, we become overwhelmed, disheartened, defeated. 
  We confess that we have had far too much faith in ourselves. We had thought that we had it within ourselves to solve our problems by ourselves. Yet, in our better moments, we know that we have not the power to cure what ails us and our world.
  Lord, show us your glory. Reveal to us your majesty. Confirm our faith in your rule, for what we need most is glory, majesty, and rule not of of our own devising. 
  Lord Jesus, show us your glory, that we might take heart, be filled with confidence and hope, and take our place in the work of your Kingdom. Amen.

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Pastor Steve Lundin