Today marks the last Sunday of 2019 and we are blessed to have Angel Velez bring us the lesson today. This day also marks the close of our study on prayer, setting the stage for our next study entitle, Learning to Love. As was mentioned a couple Sunday’s ago, each family is being provided with a book (located on the back table). There are also study booklets provided for each person, simply take one and write your name on it. Although we will be walking through these study booklets each Sunday, you are encouraged to spend some time during the week preparing for class (should only take 30 minutes or so). The study booklets are not completed, so periodically I will ask that you leave them so I can insert more material. It is the hope of the shepherds that we are all blessed as a result of this study.
Today also marks the last day of our theme verse for 2019 which is found in Lamentations 3:22-23. I have been blessed this year by my thoughts being focused of God’s incredible love for us…for me. He mercy and faithfulness are at times hard to grasp, only because I try and find them through my own merit. Being reminded that He loves me fully, even in my lowest state (Romans 5:8), gives me great comfort. That awareness of His love is at the very core of our next adult bible class. Hopefully, we can build on some of the things we have been reminded about throughout the year.
He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season…
Our new theme, which is found in Psalm 1:1-3, will also play a significant role in helping to build upon the things we have learned. All of us want to bring “forth fruit in its season” for God. The question is, “How do we get to that point?” Well, one of the ideas set forth in Psalm 1:1-3 is the understanding of meditation and its potential role in helping to mature us so we can bring forth that fruit. Like you, I have a lot of questions regarding this subject. What role can and should meditation play in our Christian walk? What does it mean to meditate? These and other questions will be answered along the way. Maybe you have a question that you would like answered about it: if so, let me know.
So, how are you going to start your new year? I hope you can commit yourself to being part of our Sunday morning bible class! May God continue to richly bless us with all the spiritual blessings found in Christ.