Welcome to the month of September and the Bronte Church family today as we gather to study, worship and fellowship. The summer months have fleeted by so quickly it’s hard to imagine we are now entering into a new school year for many. Well, we still have a few weeks for summer left so let’s still enjoy what we have. As I reflect about the changes we all encounter in our lives: school, careers, work, homes, relationships, and even in Church I think about what remains constant in our lives that gives us some stability or security. As the saying goes, some things come and some things go! Sometimes that includes people and things we hold dear. However, what is a sure footing and foundation? What grounds us when there are changes in our lives? Many if not all would admit it’s their faith, family, and/or social support and even the church that gets them through it. It’s hard to change either by force, choice, challenge or circumstance, yet there should remain those resilient factors that anchors us so we are not disheveled or derailed. It reminds me of the recent storm of Hurricane Harvey that is wreaking havoc upon our neighbours to the South. The boisterous winds, the torrential downpour, the displacement from homes, the submersion of material comforts and even the loss of lives. How do we deal with such devastation? I believe we must be grounded by our faith which serves as an anchor of our soul and inspires Hope (Hebrews 6:19). Can you imagine how those people are feeling; a sense of helplessness and even somewhat hopelessness. As believers, thank God for hope and help (Psalm 46:1) that comes from Him and through others who demonstrate His love. May we be grounded in our faith, in truth, in the Word, in Christ and in His love so we can know who we are and share His grace in action to others. Let us “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord…” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Let us be faithful to Him who is forever faithful to us!
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