Pastor Maggie’s Message July 2024

Pastor Maggie’s Message July 2024

God’s Beloved,

Blessings for the month of July. The summer is in full swing and is a busy time for many. Recent graduates are preparing for what comes next, or you may be enjoying weekend get-aways and vacations, there are family gatherings/reunions, and then there are those unexpected situations that pop up without much warning.

For all the joy and excitement that summer brings, as with all things in life, there are also going to be times of stress, worry, and pain. And in those times, we need to hear the ever-present reminder of God’s good promises.

Thankfully for us, there are many such passages in Scripture. Passages that radiate God’s good promises, and passages that saturate us in God’s goodness, hope, and love. Today I would like to share with you a passage from Isaiah 40:28-31:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? Our God is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. God will not grow tired or weary, and God’s understanding no one can fathom. God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in God will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

And while it would be lovely if this passage always manifested in our physical bodies—sometimes it cannot—especially when we are sick, injured, or in recovery. However, that doesn’t make this passage and this promise untrue, but helps reveal to us a deeper meaning of God’s good promise, hope, and love.

As this good news is meant to fill your spirit with the Holy Spirit. This good news is meant to ease the burdens you carry—by reminding you that you do not need to carry them alone. Especially since we have a God that does not grow tired or weary. We have a God who longs to give us strength when times are hard.  And we have a God who offers us hope.  Hope for today.  Hope for tomorrow.  And hope for what is next.

Hope is what fills your spirit – so you can soar on wings like eagles – knowing God’s love is always present.  Because we have an everlasting God who continuously loves.  Amen.

With Love & Gratitude,

Pastor Maggie Westaby